Just 6.99 million people watched CBS’ Pirate Master

The debut of Pirate Master on CBS was watched by only 6.99 million viewers.

The show “ran second in its 8 o’clock hour and delivered about half of what ‘Survivor’ averaged in the timeslot earlier this spring,” Variety reports. Worse, the show “finished behind another of [Mark] Burnett’s shows, Fox’s gamer ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'”

However, the show “did manage to maintain or gain in share in its second half-hour in all key ratings categories,” Variety notes, and that’s a good sign.

By the way, CBS is “likely waiting to see how it fares before announcing the summer sked of Big Brother,” which usually airs in Pirate Master‘s Thursday timeslot.

CBS’ ‘Pirate’ in rough seas [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.

about the writer

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.