Syndicated American Idol Rewind beats Rachel Ray, is more popular among men

The syndicated version of American Idol, which debuted in September, “is the No. 3 new syndicated program of the season,” Media Life Magazine reports.

The 26 episodes focus on the first season, and features “previously shot but never aired footage, like the [Kelly] Clarkson audition.” Producers also “repackaged the show to highlight the eventual finalists,” Media Life says.

Even though that season aired more than four years earlier, it did very well and “averaged a 2.7 household rating, 0.6 ahead of ‘Ray,’ according to Nielsen data analyzed by Magna Global.” Among other syndicated shows, only Without a Trace and CSI: Miami did better.

More interestingly, the syndicated show “tied for second among new shows” among women 18 to 49, but “ranked a solid No. 2″ among men that same age.

For Fox, ‘Idol Rewind’ sings of spring [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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