37.3 million viewers watched American Idol 6’s debut, its second-highest rated episode ever

Despite less-than-positive reviews and reactions from critics, American Idol 6 was watched by more viewers than any other episode of the series ever, with the exception of the second-season finale.

An average of 37.3 million viewers tuned in last night, according to Variety. Last season, 35.5 million people watched the first episode, while an average of 36.3 million watched the finale.

As Variety notes, that “makes it the highest-rated entertainment telecast in adults 18-49 on any net since the series finale of NBC’s ‘Friends’ in May 2004.” It’s also “43% higher in adults 18-49 than the season premiere of ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy.'”

Unsurprisingly, The Hollywood Reporter says that “it could have been the biggest premiere in the 20-year history of Fox Broadcasting.”

‘Idol’ bigger than ever [Variety]
37.3 mil tune in for ‘Idol’ premiere, a Fox record [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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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.