More than 2.4 million Big Brother 7 votes were cast in the first 18 hours

CBS’ decision to allow viewers to vote in six of the 12 Big Brother 7 candidates is a popular one, and has succeeded in driving a lot of traffic to the network’s web site.

Since voting began last night after the show, and “within only 18 hours of the polls opening, America cast over 2.4 million votes,” according to a CBS press release. That may pale next to one note of American Idol voting, but remember, we’re talking about the ugly, ignored urchin stepchild of reality TV.

Voting continues until next Wednesday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The press release also notes that this is “the first time in the series’ history worldwide” that viewers have been given such awesome power. Thus, the guys at TVgasm and I urge you to vote for Danielle, Ivette, James, Janelle, Jase, and Will.

America Votes for their Favorite “Big Brother: All-Star” [CBS press release]

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.