Apprentice debuts to lowest audience yet, gets beat by Housewives, Without a Trace

Delaying the start of the season until January, moving to L.A., firing Carolyn, letting America select a candidate, introducing new twists, and Trump’s fighting with Rosie: none of it helped The Apprentice 6‘s debut ratings.

The first episode, which was 90 minutes long, was watched by an average of 9.1 million viewers, according to Variety. That’s even less than last season’s debut. The show has lost viewers every single season since its start three years ago.

Variety does have some good news–the show “[moved] into a narrow 18-49 lead at 10:30.” But Media Life reprots that the show “[lost] 20 percent of its lead-in,” Grease: You’re the One That I Want. It also “finished behind ABC’s ‘Brothers & Sisters’ in 18-49s at 10 p.m. and was third behind that and CBS’s ‘Without a Trace’ in total viewers,” and ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which only competed with Trump for half an hour.

Decent start for ‘Grease’ [Variety]
Not so rosie: ‘Apprentice’ hits new low [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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