Discovery’s reality shows draw the most men

A trio of Discovery Channel reality shows–Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, and Storm Chasers–draw more people with penises and testicles than any other nonfiction series on cable in prime-time. That’s impressive and a lot of caveats.

Mike Rowe’s always awesome exploration of other people’s jobs returned for a new season Tuesday, and that episode “was the #1 non-fiction cable program (excluding news) among [men ages 25 to 54] and the #1 non-fiction cable program among [men ages 18 to 49 (excluding sports) in primetime,” according to the network. The series moves to Sunday this weekend.

Last night, Mythbusters was “the #1 primetime (8P-11P) non-fiction cable program among men 25-54/18-49,” Discovery said in a press release. And Storm Chasers “was the #2 primetime non-fiction cable program (excluding sports/news) among men 25-54/18-49,” but it placed second only to Mythbusters.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.