X Factor will return for a second season

On the day that the viewer voting begins, Fox announced that The X Factor has been renewed for a second season.

Although the show’s ratings aren’t anywhere near American Idol‘s, and although it has been “a disappointment” based on the bar that Simon Cowell set for his Idol knock-off, it is still doing well enough to come back again. Fox’s press release points out why:

“Over the course of the 20 hours that have aired, The X Factor has emerged as the No. 1 reality series on broadcast television this fall and is outperforming returning hits like Survivor by +27%, Dancing With the Stars by +38%, Amazing Race by +47% and The Biggest Loser by +104%. In addition, The X Factor is one of the top three new series and one of the top ten shows overall this season. Averaging more than 13 million viewers, The X Factor has significantly improved FOX’s year-over-year time period performance on Wednesday and Thursday nights among total viewers by +78% and +38%, respectively, and among Adults 18-49 by +37% and +41%. Additionally, thanks to The X Factor, FOX is now No. 1 among Adults 18-49 on Thursday nights for the first time in the network’s history.”

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.