Survivor ratings up, Amazing Race down, Undercover Boss Hooters ep outperforms both

CBS found success with two of its trio of reality shows, with one of its two veteran shows improving and the other slipping, and its newest show performing better than either one, even against the Olympics.

Survivor Heroes vs. Villainstwo-hour premiere last Thursday gave the show “its largest audience since 2007,” CBS said in a press release, as it was watched by 14.15 million viewers, and placed first among viewers 18 to 49. That’s up 25 percent in adults 18 to 49, and an increase of 2.47 million viewers over the premiere of Survivor Samoa, and 520,000 more viewers than the premiere of Survivor Tocantins a year ago.

On Sunday night, The Amazing Race 16‘s dummy-filled first episode had 9.1 million viewers, down again from the 9.42 million who watched season 14’s premiere a year ago.

Finally, the second episode of Undercover Boss, on which the CEO of Hooters unbelievably (or disingenuously) expressed shock that one of its managers was treating women like objects and people on the street thought his restaurant is degrading to women and not family-friendly despite having a corporate logo with breasts in it, did well despite not having the Super Bowl as a lead-in. In fact, it performed much better than The Amazing Race: 15.28 million people watched.

TV By the Numbers notes that “ABC did not have a typical lineup and didn’t air Desperate Housewives at 9pm, but, Boss came in second place to NBC between 9p-10p with both adults 18-49 and total viewers, and outside of the Olympics it was the highest-rated hour of the night.”

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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