On the Lot’s ratings improve slightly, but the show does not

Over the course of its first three episodes, FOX’s On the Lot lost about 3 million viewers per episode. Considering that just 2.9 million watched last week, that meant the show was on track to have a negative number of viewers this week.

However, the show actually rebounded slightly in its new Tuesday-only timeslot and format. An average of 3.1 million viewers watched, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s the same as last Monday’s peak, and a slightly higher average in terms of overall viewers.

Still, if this series didn’t have Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg’s names in the credits, it would have been cancelled last week–and still should be. The format, by the way, wasn’t really all that different, and actually got worse.

Annoying Symmetrical Hand Gesture Host introduced each of the five filmmakers who presented films with a ridiculously drawn-out, faux-suspense moment: “Someone is going next. And that person is… [insert long, dramatic pause and pointless panning of contestant’s pretend-horrified faces here, followed by a name of someone we don’t really care about].” Or, “One more of you is coming up here to compete … and that person is….” bored, just like us.

Even the host acknowledged the show’s suckiness, although probably accidentally; pitching something for Ford in the final few moments, she said, “See how Ford can help you escape boredom — not from this show!” Nice attempt at a save, Adrianna, but watching someone vacuum linoleum is still far more interesting than watching Carrie Fisher pull Garry Marshall’s string so he can say, again and again, “we really need women filmmakers.”

NBC’s ‘Talent’ beats Tuesday competition [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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