Survivor Fiji debuts with the series’ lowest ratings yet, but beats Ugly Betty, The Office

Survivor Fiji‘s debut on Thursday was watched by 16.7 million viewers, representing the series’ lowest-rated premiere ever.

Last fall, 17.7 million people watched the Survivor Cook Islands debut, while last spring’s Survivor Panama debut was watched by 19.3 million.

However, the show is in a heavily competitive timeslot, facing off against ABC’s Ugly Betty and NBC’s My Name is Earl and The Office, and Survivor beat those other shows “in most key categories,” Variety reports.

In addition, as Media Life reports, “all four programs averaged a 4.2 rating or above, which is quite rare these days on broadcast,” while CBS’ reality series “remains a top show for CBS in the demo, and no other reality show has demonstrated such impressive staying power for so long.”

ABC Thursday on rise [Variety]
Slide in ratings for returning ‘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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