Pirate Master’s ratings improve, but it will move to Tuesdays in July

There’s good news for one of Mark Burnett’s poorly performing summer reality series: Pirate Master‘s ratings improved last Thursday.

It had an increase of “27 percent over the previous week’s” ratings among people 18 to 49, Media Life reports. And overall, the show picked up 400,000 viewers: the previous week, 5.4 million watched, while 5.8 tuned this past Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Media Life notes that there was “lighter competition,” and its 18-49 ratings “is still far from a solid rating, but any improvement at all … has to be seen as an unexpected positive.”

Still, the show will leave Thursday nights once Big Brother 8 moves in. The pirates’ new home will be Tuesdays at 10.

Quicker pulse for CBS’s ‘Pirate Master’ [Media Life]
Fox’s reality sinks in for Thurs. primetime race [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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