Project Runway’s ratings increase 18 percent over last season; Shear Genius 2 up 129 percent

Even though Project Runway‘s producers are phoning it in–two of three challenges so far copied from previous seasons? really?–and the contestants seem less engaging and more annoying, ratings for the show’s fifth season are actually increasing.

Bravo said in a press release that week-to-week, “the series was up 31 percent among adults 18-49 (2.146 vs. 1.636 million), and also up 25 percent among total viewers (3.287 vs. 2.621 million).” Compared to the fourth season, the show “is up 12 percent among adults 18-49 and up 18 percent among total viewers.”

Also on Bravo, Shear Genius had 2.399 million viewers, 1.49 of which were 18 to 49, on Wednesday night. That’s an increase of “129 percent among total viewers (vs. 1.046 million) and 116 percent among adults 18-49 (vs. 691,000).”

And the penultimate episode of Flipping Out‘s second, exceptionally compelling season had “a series high of 1.2 million total viewers” and “the second highest episode ever among adults 18-49, delivering 837,000 viewers in the demographic,” according to the network.

Bravo’s Original Series Deliver Record-Breaking Ratings, Again [Bravo 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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.