Big Brother 9 rises on Sunday but falls to an all-time low against American Idol

CBS’ decision to schedule Big Brother 9 opposite American Idol is leading to the show being stomped to death in the ratings, and it’s lost so many viewers that it may have set a record low Tuesday night.

Last night, 5.4 million people watched, 1.9 million fewer than tuned into the debut a week earlier. That “looks to be the franchise’s lowest-rated [weeknight] episode to date,” Variety reports. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, it dropped 24 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Sunday, though, 6.7 million viewers watched. Big Brother was still third in its timeslot, losing to Extreme Makeover and American Gladiators. In other words, the show isn’t doing all that bad, but putting it against the number-one show in the country squeezes out any life it had in it. Sort of like the houseguests do to us.

‘Idol’ rolls, ‘Loser’ up [Variety]
Fox dominates, ‘Jericho’ ratings decline [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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