Dancing with the Stars beats American Idol for the first time, but Idol has younger viewers

More people watched Dancing with the Stars this week than American Idol 9 for the first time ever, though the Fox singing competition still draws well over twice as many young viewers as the senior citizen-heavy ABC dance competition.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “the Monday edition of ‘DWTS’ (23 million) beat out both the Tuesday (21.8 million) and Wednesday (20.5 million) editions of ‘Idol’ for the first time ever,” but that “A whopping 60% of the ‘DWTS’ audience is over 50 years old, compared with just 37% for ‘Idol.’ In fact, this Tuesday, when ‘Idol’ faced ‘DWTS’ in head-to-head competition, Fox’s singing show scored a 7.2 rating among adults aged 18 to 49. ABC notched a 3.0.”

With a weak-ass top 10 and the impending departure of Simon Cowell, I think last season will be forever viewed as the peak of American Idol, at least in terms of ratings, buzz, and talent.

Has ‘Dancing With the Stars’ dethroned ‘American Idol’ as America’s No. 1 show? [Los Angeles Times]

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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