On the Lot loses another 100,000 viewers

I find On the Lot‘s ratings decline to be endlessly amusing. It’s not that I necessarily want the show to fail–I loved its first week–but I’m just in shock that the show continues to air despite the fact that it’s just bleeding viewers every week. Far greater shows have been cancelled with better ratings.

Last night, when six contestants actually presented new short films (rather than recycled movies, although they still largely focused on bodily fluids and/or functions), 2.3 million million people watched, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That’s a loss of about 100,000 viewers from last week, who fled like the rest of us should have long ago. Even ABC’s Shaq’s Big Challenge, which didn’t do all that well, was watched by 4.4, nearly doubled the FOX show’s ratings.

Defamer calls On the Lot an “unkillable Nielsen invalid,” and that’s exactly right. And as the weeks go by, it’s increasingly apparent that FOX is going to let the show die slowly and painfully, rather than just unplugging it right now.

NBC has a flair for victory with ‘Talent’ [Hollywood Reporter]
‘On The Lot’ Still Alive, Weakly Kicking [Defamer]

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.