Beauty and the Geek 5 debut loses about half the previous season debut’s audience

Beauty and the Geek 5‘s debut Tuesday night drew about half of the people that have tuned in to the past two season debuts.

It was watched by just 1.9 million people, and “was down 47% from its season debut last fall and down 59% from its January debut last year,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. And that “drop-off was similar among the CW’s key adults 18-to-34 demographic.”

That’s probably due in part to the fact that the show was up against American Idol, but it may also just be fatigue and boredom with the series, or a lack of interest in the new format, which finds the geeks competing against the beauties.

Weak premiere for CW’s ‘Geek’ [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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