American Inventor loses 30 percent of viewers 18-49

Facing a new episode of CBS’ CSI for the first time last Thursday, ABC’s American Inventor lost almost a third of its viewers from the week before.

The show had “a 3.7 overnight rating among viewers 18-49 in the 9 p.m. timeslot last night, down 30 percent from the 5.3 it averaged over its first two episodes,” according to Media Life Magazine. It placed third to CSI, My Name is Earl, and The Office.

As Media Life notes, “No one would have expected ‘Inventor’s’ ratings to stay where they were before TV’s No. 1 crime drama returned from its mini-hiatus, but a 30 percent dropoff is not good news for ABC, which plans to move ‘Commander in Chief’ to Thursday nights in two weeks to lead out of ‘Inventor.'”

Poof! ‘American
Inventor’ up in smoke.
[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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