Oprah’s Big Give had the third biggest debut this TV season

Despite scathing reviews, Oprah Winfrey’s first reality show, Oprah’s Big Give, debuted to huge ratings Sunday night.

It was watched by an average of 15.6 million viewers, beating its feel-good lead-in, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which was watched by 14.8 million people.

That’s the “third-most-watched freshman series debut this season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. And the episode “will rank among the top five new series debuts this season in adults 18-49 and total viewers,” Media Life reports.

There may be trouble for the series, however. It “did fall off from its first to its second half hour, … slipping from 16.3 million total viewers to 14.8 million,” according to Media Life.

ABC’s ‘Big Give’ gets big love in Sun. debut [Hollywood Reporter]
‘Oprah’s Big Give’ gives back big time [Media Life]

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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