Viewers figure out that Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance isn’t worth watching and leave

The first episode of Live to Dance, Paula Abdul’s CBS dance competition, had a surprisingly high number of viewers considering how awful it was, but a large number of people got smart and didn’t tune in for its second episode. In its regular Wednesday timeslot, which is normally occupied by Survivor, the show faced off against ABC’s The Middle and NBC’s Minute to Win It, and lost.

Live to Dance came in third place among viewers 18 to 49, about a 25 percent drop from its debut on Tuesday. Among all viewers, it came in second place in its first half-hour and first in its second half-hour, but fewer people watched: 7.788 compared to 10.23 million on Tuesday.

So, 2.4 million people got smart; how many of those 7.8 million people will abandon the show next week?

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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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.