Big Brother 11 ratings increase

Big Brother 11‘s ratings are increasing after losing viewers earlier this season, although it was gaining 18- to 34-year-olds.

Ronnie’s eviction drew more viewers. Week to week, the live eviction show increased 10 percent among viewers 18 to 49, and was up four percent in viewers, with 240,000 more people watching. That makes it this season’s “best Thursday delivery in viewers and ties its best Thursday delivery in adults 18-49,” CBS said in a press release. On Tuesday, when all five broadcast networks aired a reality show at 9, 7.09 million people watched, while 7.18 million watched Sunday.

The series “was the only original program to make much ratings noise on Sunday, Variety reported, noting that the show was “up slightly from the previous week and taking advantage of a stronger lead-in from ’60 Minutes.'”

“Big Brother” Hits New Thursday High… [CBS press release]
‘Brother’ stands out in slow ratings race [Variety]

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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