Survivor survives move to Wed. with higher ratings, but Talent beats it and Big Brother

In the battle for reality TV ratings Wednesday night, there were many winners. Survivor survived its move to Wednesday nights, increasing its ratings from a year ago, while Big Brother‘s finale was also up. However, America’s Got Talent pulled in more viewers than either show–and significantly more than the Bragade.

TV By the Numbers has the rundown of the ratings each half-hour, which were ruled by America’s Got Talent among all viewers from 8 to 10 (its finale had well over double the viewers Big Brother got in its first hour, and Julie Chen and company were beaten by NBC’s Outlaw in their second hour), but Survivor had more young viewers in its hour. Masterchef came in third place during its two hours in both metrics.

Survivor Nicaragua‘s debut “placed first in its new Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM) time period in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54″ and “was up +13% in adults 25-54 (from 4.6/13), +11% in adults 18-49 (from 3.6/11), +8% in adults 18-34 (from 2.4/08) and added +560,000 viewers (from 11.67m, +5%)” compared to Samoa’s debut last September, according to CBS.

Meanwhile, Big Brother “”tied for first in adults 18-34 (2.4/08, with NBC), second in households (4.5/08), viewers (7.86m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.9/08),” and compared to its finale, “was up +3% in adults 25-54 (from 3.4/08), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.8/08), even in adults 18-34 and added +70,000 viewers (from 7.79m, +1%),” CBS said in a press release.

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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