Carrie Underwood’s second album is #1

Carrie Underwood’s second album is the number one album in the country, and is now the second-most popular first-week American Idol release ever; only Clay Aiken sold more records his first week.

Carnival Ride sold 527,000 copies, “the second-best initial sales week for an American Idol, behind Clay Aiken’s Measure of a Man, which bowed with 613,000,” USA TODAY reports. That also makes her album “the best opening week for a female singer in 2007.” And Billboard notes that it’s “also the best sales week for a female solo country artist since Shania Twain’s ‘Greatest Hits’ started with 530,000 in November 2004.”

Carrie’s first album is the best-selling album by a show contestant ever, with just under 6 million copies sold.

High ‘Ride’ for an Idol [USA TODAY]
Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart [Billboard]

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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