Amazing Race 15 places last in viewers 18-49, gets beaten by Extreme Makeover

Without football overrunning and pushing 60 Minutes into its timeslot, and facing off against football and another reality series, The Amazing Race 15 did not do well in the ratings last night. At 8 p.m., it was the least-watched show among young viewers ages 18 to 49, and placed third among overall viewers, just ahead of The Simpsons.

Overall, 9.949 million people watched, ahead of The Simpsons’ 9.317 million, but behind football on NBC and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s 11.702 million viewers, according to TV By the Numbers. Ty Pennington and his Sears products even had more young viewers: his show had a 3.4 rating, while TAR had 2.8, the lowest of the hour.

Last week, the two-hour debut’s first half-hour was mostly 60 Minutes, but 10.35 million watched in the second half-hour, and then at 9 p.m., 9.98 million watched followed by 9.89 million. Around 9.9 million viewers seems to be pretty consistent from week to week.

Sunday Night Football Wins; Three Rivers Runs Dry and Sunday Night Football Wins; Cleveland Show Large; Housewives Down [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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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.