Four of the top 10 shows in 2005-2006 were reality TV

Final Nielsen numbers for the 2005-2006 TV season are in, and of the top 10 shows, four are reality TV shows.

Actually, it’s three, because American Idol occupies the two top spots; the performance show was the most-watched program this past year, with an average of 31.2 million viewers, while the results show came in second with an average of 30.2 million, according to E! Online.

In seventh place was ABC’s Dancing with the Stars 2, with an average of 18.6 million viewers. Survivor Guatemala–which aired last fall–was in eighth place, with an average of 18.3 million viewers, while the following season, Survivor Panama, placed 11th with 16.8 million viewers.

In other reality news, Skating with Celebrities came in 35th place with 11.4 million viewers. E! doesn’t include rankings or ratings for any other reality shows.

“Idol” Extends Reign [E! Online]

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.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.