Fox’s first-ever prime-time rebroadcast of an American Idol episode drew an exceptionally low number of viewers, putting the show in fourth place–which would be shocking if this wasn’t a repeat airing in the middle of the summer. An average of 4.23 million people watched the two-hour episode featuring the season eight finalists performing Michael Jackson songs, which was broadcast as a tribute following Jackson’s death last Thursday. That’s just over half the number that watched a new episode of The Bachelorette, and it also placed behind repeats of Law and Order and CBS’ comedies, according to Nielsen data compiled by TV By the Numbers. And it’s one-sixth of the 25.23 million who watched the episode live back in March.
Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on 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
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.
- A collision of two worlds in Diane von Furstenberg’s fascinating House of DVF December 21, 2014
- Colton receives a 2011 Survivor letter from Caleb December 20, 2014
- Top Chef’s literary sausage party December 19, 2014
- An exceptional end for Survivor San Juan Del Sur December 18, 2014
- Highlights from the long-awaited The Profit update December 17, 2014
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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.