Real World is the #1 cable show for people 12 to 34 on Wednesdays

I give The Real World a lot of shit for sucking and being an entirely different show than the one I fell in love with 15+ years ago, so I don’t want to ignore reality: even in its 22nd season, the show is performing extremely well, even among people in their early 30s.

For the past eight weeks, The Real World Cancun has been the most-popular original cable show on Wednesdays among people ages 12 to 34. That’s a really specific category, but it’s the group MTV loves, and it’s also interesting since the show’s creator says its core audience is 15 to 20. Clearly, people keep watching even after they enter their 20s.

In its most recent airing, MTV says in a press release that the show had “1.6 million total viewers” and “was #1 in its time period versus all cable competition,” and thus “[continued] its streak as Wednesday’s #1 original cable series among P12-34, now for eight weeks in a row.”

MTV’s Real World Cancun tops cable Wednesday with 12-34 crowd eight weeks running [MTV press release]

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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.