Record viewership for Phil Harris’ final episode; “Redemption Day” montage now online

Tuesday’s episode of Deadliest Catch, which ended with the death of Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris, was the series highest-rated episode ever in addition to being extremely well-produced television and extremely emotional.

Its 8.5 million viewers “is remarkably high for the Discovery Channel,” The New York Times reports, noting that “[t]he episode ranks as the third-highest telecast in Discovery’s 25-year history, behind only ‘Raising the Mammoth’ and ‘Walking With Dinosaurs,’ two special events in 2000.”

Meanwhile, the final act of the episode has found its way online. It’s exceptionally powerful reality TV:

Captain Phil’s Death Draws Record Ratings for ‘Deadliest Catch’ [New York 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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