Survivor China was the top-rated show last night, but is the lowest-rated premiere yet

There’s good and bad news in the ratings for Survivor China‘s debut. While the show was the most-watched broadcast program of the night, it was also the series’ lowest-rated debut in seven years.

Overall, 15.1 million viewers watched, down from the 17.7 million who watched Cook Islands and Fiji’s 16.7 million viewers, so it’s losing about a million viewers a season.

However, the show “was still the top program on broadcast TV on Thursday,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, although it faced off primarily against repeats.

Media Life says that while it “continued its long slide,” the show “seems likely to remain No. 1 in its 8 p.m. timeslot when the other broadcast competition premieres next week,” and the numbers are “pretty good for a show in its 15 season.”

‘Survivor: China’ works wonders for CBS [Hollywood Reporter]
‘Survivor: China’ debut takes a tumble [Media Life]

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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