Record ratings for Top Chef Masters debut

Despite having a new host and judges and a one-off episode format for the first six episodes, Top Chef Masters drew a record audience to Bravo.

Its 1.37 million viewers represent “the highest rated Wednesday series premiere ever for the network in all key demos in the 10 p.m. time period” and a 96 percent increase over the show’s very first season, according to a Bravo press release. In addition, 907,000 people ages 18 to 49 watched. The 11 p.m. repeat brought another 636,000 viewers. 18-49.

The debut also drew people online: Bravo says its web site had “its highest page views for a series premiere in nearly three years with 276,000 hits in its premiere day.” Andy Cohen is probably peeing in his BravoTV.com boxers.

Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” Highest-Rated Wednesday 10 PM… [Bravo press release]

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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