America’s Got Talent 2 is the week’s top-rated show; Hell’s Kitchen beaten by a sit-com repeat

With summer officially here, viewers have fled, leaving “tepid ratings” behind, the AP reports. That explains why NBC was actually in first place last week: America’s Got Talent 2 was last week’s top-rated show, as 12.51 million people watched.

Among the other top-10 shows, only one is a reality show: So You Think You Can Dance, which was watched by 9.17 million people. ABC’s “highest-rated show for the week” was The Next Best Thing, which came in 27th, the AP reports.

As an example of how sad summer viewership is, on Monday night, Hell’s Kitchen 3 won the night for FOX among viewers ages 18 to 49, Variety reports–but there are far less of them than there are of old people. Thus, with 7.2 million viewers, Gordon Ramsay’s show was easily crushed in overall viewers by a repeat of Two and a Half Men, which was watched by 9 million people. A repeat! Of a crappy comedy!

Ratings: NBC Gets Real but CBS Tops Week [AP]
‘Kitchen’ on fire with audiences [Variety]

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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