Ratings for America’s Got Talent up 9 percent over last year

The second season debut of America’s Got Talent drew more viewers than last year’s premiere. On Tuesday, 12.9 million viewers watched, compared to 11.8 million last year, which is a 9 percent increase, Media Life reports.

Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show increased its viewership by 35 percent, drawing NBC’s “top 18-49 rating this summer,” and making it “the best rating thus far for any summer show debut,” according to Media Life.

Overall, the two-hour finale, which featured a quasi-confrontation between new judge Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan over a little girl who performed, earned “the show’s best-ever performance in total viewers and the top premiere of the summer.”

‘America’s Got Talent’ premiere is tops [Media Life]

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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