Danity Kane’s single debuts at 17, tying Ashley Angel and beat only by Taylor, Katherine

Making the Band 3 group Danity Kane released their self-titled debut album last week, and its first single, Show Stopper, has debuted at #17 on the Billboard 100. While a significant achievement for the group, it also establishes reality TV shows as the most successful vehicle for new singles this year.

Billboard’s Chart Beat notes that Danity Kane is in “a tie for the third-highest debut of 2006″ with Ashley Parker Angel’s Let U Go.

More significantly, those two songs were beaten only by American Idol‘s winner and runner up. “The two highest debuts of the year are ‘Do I Make You Proud’ by Taylor Hicks (No. 1) and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Katharine McPhee (No. 12),” Billboard reports. And if one includes Paris Hilton’s single, Billboard says “one could argue that the five highest-debuting singles of 2006 are all by television reality stars.”

The album itself is also selling very well. In a press release, the label notes that the record “sold nearly 90,000 units in its first day of release, selling out at most stores across the country,” and its “first-week sales triumph is unprecedented for a new artist with little radio or video airplay.” The album did so well that Diddy himself has recorded a message about it:

Chart Beat: No Business Like ‘Show’ Business [Billboard]

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.