Big Brother 10’s debut down from the spring and is the series’ lowest-rated debut ever

The first episode of Big Brother 10 was watched by 6.3 million viewers, down just over one million from the 7.4 million who watched last summer’s eighth-season debut.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the show was down about the same amount from last spring’s misguided season, when 7.3 million viewers tuned in to the first episode. Both of the past two seasons, however, debuted on Tuesdays, so perhaps one million people didn’t flee the show, and they’ll find it tonight.

While this was “the lowest-rated season premiere for the show,” it still “[won] the 8 o’clock hour” and had “a roughly 50% demo improvement in the timeslot for CBS vs. last week’s ‘Million Dollar Password,'” Variety reports. That, at least, is good news for CBS.

Slow Sunday for broadcasters [Variety]

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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