Ratings up slightly but American Idol lost teenage girls and women, gained older men

The audience for American Idol seems to be changing, as the series has lost females but gained male viewers.

Compared to last year’s, last week’s top 12 performance show lost 12 percent of its teenage girls ages 12 to 17, 22 percent of women ages 18 to 34, and 8 percent of women ages 25 to 54, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of Nielsen ratings. Overall, there are just 900,000 teenage girls watching, compared to 9.5 million women ages 25 to 54.

Among men, however, the show has gained viewers: there’s been a 7 percent increase in teenage boys 12 to 17, a five percent gain among men 18 to 34, and a 10 percent increase among men 25 to 54. There were 700,000 boys ages 12 to 17, and 6.4 million men 25 to 54.

Overall, last week’s Tuesday episode was watched by 29.9 million viewers, up .2 percent from last year.

Spotlight: Who watches ‘Idol’? [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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