Celebrity Duets debut beaten by Big Brother 7

FOX’s Celebrity Duets have been beaten by the hamsters: the new series had lower ratings than Big Brother 7 in both total viewers and among viewers 18 to 49.

Celebrity Duets was watched by 7.7 million viewers in its first hour and 8.6 million in its second hour. Rock Star: Supernova, which aired opposite the second hour, had fewer total viewers (7 million), “but won out in total viewers,” according to Variety.

Variety calls these “mediocre numbers,” although The Hollywood Reporter calls this a “victory song for” FOX because it lead “to a primetime victory in two key measures.”

Next week, the new series moves to Thursdays and Fridays for the rest of its short run, so its ratings could improve (or decline).

CBS reality lineup flattens ‘Duets’ [Variety]
Fox’s ‘Duets’ has victory song for Tuesday [Hollywood Reporter]

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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