Hills season four debut down 1.3 million viewers from its March return

When The Hills returned in March for the extension of its third season, 4.8 million people, a record number of viewers for the show, tuned in. But last night, for the debut of the fourth season, only 3.5 million people watched, a loss of 1.3 million viewers.

It also lost younger viewers, although kept enough to make the episode the second-most popular in the demo. The Los Angeles Times reports that “[a]mong adults ages 18 to 49, the episode notched a 2.0 rating/5 share, down a significant 29% from the March season opener (2.8/7) but good enough to make the premiere the reality show’s second-best.”

Of course, the show was airing opposite the Olympics. Still, there was a somewhat equivalent break between blocks of new episodes–a three-month break between seasons three and four, and about three and a half months between the first and second half of season three–so that’s not to blame, and even though the break in season three was longer, the second-half debut had record ratings. Maybe viewers are tired of the show like Lauren is.

Show Tracker: What you’re watching [Los Angeles Times]

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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