American Idol has its lowest ratings since 2002

Instead of picking up in its final weeks, American Idol 9‘s ratings continue to decline, reaching lows not seen since the show’s first season seven years ago.

Though it’s still number one, Wednesday’s results show was “its lowest-rated Wednesday night audience since 2002, with 19.1 million viewers,” The New York Times reports. And Tuesday’s performance episode had 17.5 million viewers, “the worst tally since the show’s premiere season in the summer of 2002,” according to The Los Angeles Times, which notes that “Young adults, in particular, seem to be bailing rapidly: the 6.5 rating/18 share among viewers ages 18 to 49 was ‘Idol’s’ second-lowest Wednesday number during the regular season.”

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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