Celebrity Apprentice 2, Amazing Race 14 finales both down from previous seasons

Despite two exceptionally compelling seasons and strong season finales, both The Amazing Race 14 and The Celebrity Apprentice 2 had fewer viewers for their finales than they did in previous seasons.

Victor and Tammy’s race win was watched by 10.43 million people, which made it the number-one show at 8 p.m. CBS said in a press release that it was “was first for the sixth consecutive broadcast in households (5.9/10), viewers (10.43m), adults 25-54 (3.7/10) and adults 18-49 (3.0/09).”

That’s down just slightly from the 10.57 million people who watched the 13th season’s finale last December, which is tragic considering how much better this season was.

Over on NBC, last March, 12.1 million viewers watched Piers Morgan win The Celebrity Apprentice. That finale aired on a Thursday and set records for NBC.

But the Joan Rivers versus Annie Duke finale–you know, when Annie Duke was robbed–averaged just 8.727 over its three hours, according to TV By the Numbers, which notes that among viewers 18 to 49, it was down 31 percent from last season.

The show won the 10 p.m hour, though, peaking, oddly, in the 10 p.m. half-hour (10.419 million viewers watched), long before Donald Trump picked Joan.

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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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