CSI beats American Idol’s results show

Although American Idol 7 easily won its timeslot last night, the return of CBS’ drama CSI managed to draw more viewers and became the top show of the night.

Overall, 19.57 million people watched Michael Johns’ surprising elimination, while 19.93 million watched the CSI techs investigate the murder of a 3-year-old, according to Nielsen. Idol did gain back a couple million viewers who bailed for Idol Gives Back.

CBS noted in a press release that “CSI outdelivered ‘American Idol’ in viewers,” although its 8 p.m. show Survivor Micronesia placed second “behind FOX’s ‘American Idol’ vote off special,” as it was watched by 11.68 million viewers.

“CSI” Outdelivers “American Idol” in Viewers [CBS press release]

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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