Big Brother 7 debut loses viewers from previous seasons; Rock Star loses to Dance

Familiar faces inside the Big Brother 7 house have not resulted in an increased audience for the show; instead, they’ve actually repelled viewers.

The premiere episode was watched by 7.54 million viewers, which allowed CBS to win the hour on Thursday. But last year, 8.7 million viewers watched the first episode. And a year earlier, for the fifth season, 9.8 million viewers were watching by the show’s second week.

Worse, Big Brother 7‘s debut was “down 18% from last year in 18-49 (3.4/11), according to Nielsen. It was also off 24% from two years ago (3.7/13),” Variety reports. Apparently both young people and viewers overall don’t share our obsessive love for the Chenbot and the kingdom she presides over.

Meanwhile, CBS’ other big summertime reality show, Rock Star: Supernova, premiered to 5.3 million viewers Wednesday, and increased to 6.02 million viewers Thursday. Still, that’s a travesty considering how much better it is than American Idol. So You Think You Can Dance, however, easily beat that second episode with its results show, which was watched by 8.85 million people.

An Eye open house [Variety]

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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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.