TiVo predicts Syesha Mercado will be voted off, as fast-forwarding is “predictive” of results

If TiVo users are anything like viewers who vote, Syesha Mercado will be voted off of American Idol 7 tonight, according to a study of TiVo users’ behavior while watching Tuesday’s episode.

TiVo says that data about “which performers had the highest and lowest viewership” has been “predictive of which contestant will be voted off” during the finals, since the top 12 started performing. “Viewers tend to rewind and watch their favorite performances multiple times, while fast-forwarding through the ones they don’t like,” the company said in a press release. And “viewing preferences correlate with voting patterns.”

If the availability of specific information about viewer behavior like this creeps you out, TiVo says “the viewing information was collected in strict accordance to TiVo’s privacy policy, which uses a sample of completely anonymous data from 20,000 random anonymous subscribers, analyzed only in on an aggregated basis.”

On Tuesday, “David Archuleta ranked in the highest audience numbers during his performance,” while Syesha Mercado had “the fewest viewers sticking around for her performance,” according to TiVo. Of course, that Syesha will go home tonight seems kind of like a safe bet, as she’s no stranger to the bottom three, and her performance of Fantasia’s “I Believe” didn’t inspire praise from the judges.

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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