The Hills was the highest-rated 18-49, 18-34 show on cable last week

Last week’s episode of The Hills hit a high in terms of overall viewers and was the highest-rated cable show of the week in key demographic groups.

The August 27 episode “scored a third-season-high 4.2 million viewers” and was “basic cable’s top show of the week with both 18-to-49-year-olds (3.1 million) and 18-to-34-year-olds (2.7 million viewers),” USA TODAY reports. That follows strong ratings for its debut, when it beat all other channels among viewers ages 12 to 34.

Last week, Lauren and company came in fifth place overall among cable shows, tying WWE Raw, which also airs on Monday nights. Typically, the top 10 or even 20 basic cable ratings don’t include reality series, which draw fewer viewers than wrestling, sporting events, Disney channel series, and re-runs of broadcast network shows.

Nielsens: ‘The Hills’ is king of the MTV mountain [USA TODAY]

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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