Top Model has its lowest debut since cycle 3 while Big Brother loses more viewers

Against American Idol, two relatively stable reality shows saw low ratings.

Tyra Banks and company were watched by 3.8 million viewers overall, which Variety reports is “its lowest debut scores since its third edition.” However, it “still placed second in its hour among adults 18-34.”

In the case of Big Brother 9, the live eviction episode was watched by 5.2 million viewers, a loss of 200,000 viewers from Tuesday night’s episode. That Tuesday episode was the lowest weekday rating ever for the show, which means Wednesday’s now has that title.

Both were easily beaten by Wife Swap, which had 5.6 million viewers, and Deal or No Deal, which was watched by 8.9 million. Perhaps most interestingly, among viewers ages 18-49, Tyra and Julie had identical ratings, a 1.9/5.

Audiences continue ‘Idol’ worship [Variety]

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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