Bachelor 8’s ratings improved throughout the season

Although the post-show news that Travis and Sarah broke up may have left Bachelor 8 viewers sobbing into their pillows about the death of love and romance, more viewers watched this season than watched the last few seasons. Even better for ABC, viewership increased an incredible 89 percent throughout the season among viewers 18 to 49.

The show “averaged 9.3 million total viewers” overall, according to Media Life Magazine, while its finale’s rating among 18- to 49-year-olds was “up 31 percent from the previous season. And this means the show will probably return. One analyst, John Rash, says, “While the ‘Bachelor’ may never be the cultural phenomenon it was in its first few iterations, its ratings have stabilized and it remains a strategic component of ABC’s schedule.”

Indeed, the show is already searching for its next star, although ABC hasn’t officially picked up a new season.

Heart, be still: ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ revives [Media Life Magazine]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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