Survivor Cook Islands debuts with low ratings

After all of the hype and debate, not many people tuned in to the debut of Survivor Cook Islands. Either the controversy turned people off, or the public isn’t really moved by media-inciting stunts like this one.

If anything, I expected this season to debut with strong ratings, and then diminish as people realized it wasn’t really all that controversial. But that didn’t even happen. Instead, it lost 10 percent of viewers ages 18 to 49 from Survivor Panama, and was “the lowest-rated premiere in at least the last five cycles of the show,” according to Media Life Magazine.

An average of 17.7 million people watched, enough to help CBS win the night, but which is down significantly from the 19.3 million who watched the debut of Exile Island last spring.

Weaker debut for race-based ‘Survivor’ [Media Life Magazine]

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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