Was it a mistake to expand The Sing-Off and give it a full, fall season?

The Sing-Off concludes its third and first full season tonight, as either the Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix, or Urban Method will win the a cappella singing competition. But moving the show to the fall as a placeholder for The Voice may have been a mistake.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, ratings are down significantly: they’ve have dropped more than a third since it was expanded into a full-season series instead of a two-week special event series that aired during the holidays, when few networks air original series. This fall, it faced off against Dancing with the Stars, among other shows.

That ratings decline, and the previous success of the two-week December version, prompts Media Life to say that “It’s hard to imagine that Sing will return as a regular series, though NBC could revive it next December as a limited-run special again,” because it “is averaging a 1.6 18-49 rating, a distant fourth among the Big Four networks in its timeslot and often ranking even behind Univision.”

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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