Sheree’s fight makes Atlanta Housewives’ debut the franchise’s highest-rated ever

America can’t get enough of Bravo’s batshit crazy housewives on its Real Housewives franchise. Thursday’s debut of the second season of the Atlanta installment was “the highest rated series premiere in “Real Housewives” franchise history” and “the highest rated Thursday in primetime in network history,” according to a Bravo press release.

Compared to its first season premiere, it had “a 289 percent increase among adults 18-49″ … and a 305 percent increase among total viewers,” Bravo said. The network added together viewers from the 10 p.m. debut and 11 p.m. repeat to say that 3.98 million watched, 2.65 million of whom were 18 to 49.

What drew viewers? A lot of craziness, which is recapped in-depth by B-Side, but all you really need to see is this scene with Sheree Whitfield confronting her party planner Anthony, who starts off with enough craziness that it could be an audition to get himself a permanent role on the show:

Bam! Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta… [Bravo press release]
REAL HOUSEWIVES PHOTOCAP: How You Gonna Have Some Poetry With No Poet? [B-Side Blog]

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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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.