America’s Toughest Jobs’ dismal ratings send it to Saturdays

After it airs an episode Friday night, NBC’s reality competition America’s Toughest Jobs will switch nights again, moving to Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET for its penultimate episode and finale, which air Oct. 18 and 25.

That was revealed in a scheduling change released by NBC, and The Futon Critic reports that “Deal or No Deal will assume the 8:00/7:00c hour beginning October 24,” as NBC will debut its drama Crusoe at 8 on Oct. 17, and then move it to 9.

Why the move? Friday’s episode was watched by just 3.42 million viewers, and TV By the Numbers reports that the Thom Beers-produced reality series “had the worst relative performance for adults 18-49 by any show among English broadcast networks for the first week of the broadcast season from September 22-28,” and referred to “the damage being done [by it] on Friday night.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes and have been watching since then, although not with any great passion or commitment. (Friday night shows get DVRed and then sit until I remember they are there.) It’s a competently produced competition, with some strong characters and an effective concept, even if Beers’ narration sometimes over-hypes the danger to compensate for a lack of actual problems. Perhaps it belongs on cable, where 3.4 million viewers isn’t considered pathetic, it breaks records.

By the way, the most recent four episodes, in which the contestants worked on a bridge, as rodeo clowns, on an oil rig, and as monster truck drivers, are on Hulu.

NBC to Finish “Toughest Jobs” On Saturdays [The Futon Critic]
America’s Toughest Jobs Exiled to Saturday For Final 2 Episodes [TV By the Numbers]

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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