Survivor’s streak of Thursday ratings wins ends

Survivor has consistently won its Thursday night at 8 p.m. timeslot for years, but that streak ended last night even though the show picked up viewers from its season debut.

Flash Forward, the weakly written new ABC series that’s a half-assed version of Lost that I seriously thought was going to be revealed to be a big prank when Seth MacFarlane showed up in a completely serious role, had 12.41 million viewers. Survivor Samoa had 11.87, up slightly from last week’s series low ratings. FlashForward also won among 18- to 49-year-olds, getting a 4.1 rating versus Survivor‘s 3.7, according to TV By the Numbers.

I’m not exactly sure how far back the streak goes–TV By the Numbers calls it “the first time in an eternity” that the CBS show has lost–but this 2008 Survivor Micronesia press release says that “[o]pposite regularly scheduled programming, SURVIVOR has been Number One in viewers in the Thursday, 8:00-9:00 PM time period in every broadcast since February 2003 (‘Survivor: Amazon’) and first in adults 18-49 since September 2004 (‘Survivor: Vanuatu’).”

FlashForward flashes brightly, Grey’s annihilates CSI, The Mentalist [TV By the Numbers]

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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