Fourth season is Hell’s Kitchen’s highest-rated yet

Tuesday’s conclusion of Hell’s Kitchen 4, when Christina was selected by Gordon Ramsay as the person who sucked the least, was watched by 8.8 million viewers.

That’s up slightly from the 8.6 million who watched last August’s third-season finale. More siginficantly, it’s a 10 percent increase from last week, and the show “led the 9 o’clock hour in all key demos,” according to Variety, which reports that “[f]or its entire run — beginning in April, when it followed ‘American Idol’ on the schedule — this was the highest-rated season to date for the cooking series.”

That’s somewhat tragic since, for me, it was the most boring season yet. Then again, it wasn’t much different than the previous three seasons, and had it aired first, I probably would have been enraptured. But the formula and repetition has gotten a bit stale and boring over time.

Reality tears up Tuesday [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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