Real World still going strong: San Diego has its highest-rated premiered in five seasons

After 26 seasons, The Real World is still drawing audiences. The debut of the new, San Diego-set season on Wednesday “was the best debut in five seasons and the #1 original cable series of the night,” according to MTV.

It had 17 percent more viewers ages 12 to 34 than The Real World Las Vegas‘ debut earlier this year, and 1.9 million viewers overall, MTV said. It’s worth noting that at least one episode last season had higher ratings, thanks to Dustin Zito’s gay porn revelations; the April 28 episode was watched by 2.5 million viewers.

If you abandoned the series long ago and wonder what you’re missing, here’s MTV’s preview for next week:

“…Sam and Nate pull an alarming prank on the other roommates, while sparks fly between Zach and Ashley. Meanwhile, a night of drinking causes Frank to become belligerent and he has to deal with the aftermath the next day.”

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.