Dancing with the Stars 5 finale is fall’s second-most watched show

On Tuesday night, 24.88 million people watched Helio Castroneves win Dancing with the Stars 5.

That was “best showing on the night in seven years and clinched the net’s third straight November sweep victory among young adults,” Variety reports. And for the fall, the Dancing “finale is the season’s No. 2 telecast in total viewers, behind only the season [premiere] of CBS’ ‘CSI’ (25.22 million).”

Still, the conclusion didn’t perform as well as it has in the past. “The ‘Dancing’ finale was up 9% in viewership and down 4% in adults 18-49 compared with May while down 9% in viewership and down 10% in adults 18-49 compared with last November’s finale. It was the lowest demo rating in the series’ five cycles,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Dancing’ finale lifts ABC [Variety]
Split decision in 18-49 with ‘Dancing,’ ‘House’ [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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