Opera singer Neal E. Boyd wins America’s Got Talent 3; finale ratings down

Once again, viewers have selected a singer as the winner of America’s Got Talent. Opera singer, insurance salesperson, and Missourian Neal E. Boyd won the $1 million prize and Las Vegas show at the MGM Grand. His win seems rather reminiscent of cell phone salesperson and opera singer Paul Potts, who won the first season of Britain’s Got Talent last summer.

In the U.S., piano playing singer Eli Mattson came in second place, although he was only separated from Boyd by half of a percent of the five million viewer votes. Of the three other finalists, Queen Emily was eliminated first, followed by Donald Braswell, and finally apparent favorites Nuttin’ But Stringz.

The finale was watched by 12.55 million people, which is down from the 13.9 million who watched last year. However, those numbers are “up 22% from last week when it faced a half hour of” Dancing with the Stars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Daisies,’ ‘Practice’ endure dramatic declines [Hollywood Reporter]

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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