The Hills’ return was the highest-rated show among 12- to 34-year-olds on all channels

The big payoff–Lauren’s confrontation with Heidi on the season premiere of The Hills–paid off big for MTV. An average of
3.6 million viewers watched, but it was among

The show was the top-rated show among 12- to 34-year-olds on “all broadcast and cable networks in the timeslot,” Broadcasting & Cable reports. In other words, it beat even networks in that age group. (Then again, the network’s choices at 10 were reruns of Supernanny and CSI: Miami, and Dateline.)

Its ratings among that age group were “the best ever for a Hills showing and the highest rated telecast so far this year for the network,” according to Broadcasting & Cable. It was also “up 20% in the demo over the first season’s debut and up 44% over the second.”

Between episodes, the drama continues: Radar caught Spencer lying to Entertainment Weekly and TMZ says the ring “is a big fat FAKE” and “the pink diamond is really a lavender, lemon amethyst,”

Regarding Heidi, Lauren told Ryan Seacrest “I miss her personality — because she is not the same person anymore.” She also said, “I can see us getting to not hating each other but I don’t think we would ever go back to being best friends.” But Heidi told Us Weekly, “We really don’t care. There will be no reconciliation!”

Showtime High on Weeds Opener; MTV Up on The Hills [Broadcasting & Cable]
Heidi: Spencer’s Not The Only Fake [TMZ]
Lauren Conrad: I Don’t Even Know Heidi Anymore [People]
The Hills Feud Gets Worse! [Us Weekly]

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.