Survivor, American Idol have their lowest-rated episodes ever

Venerable reality TV franchises Survivor and American Idol hit ratings bottom last week. The Fox music competition was easily beaten by the Big Bang Theory Thursday night, which helps to solidify NBC’s The Voice as the top-rated show of the season so far.

Survivor One World had its lowest ratings ever for a regular episode among people 18 to 49, TV By the Numbers reports. Other shows were down, too, many to season lows.

As to American Idol, Variety reported that “excluding Thursdays (a night it moved to last year), Wednesday’s two-hour Idol is the lowest-rated, in-season regular episode of the show to date.” TV By the Numbers notes that its ratings were “down a whopping 35% vs. last year’s equivalent telecast.” Thursday, the news was even worse: the show was “down 14% from last week and down an alarming 39% versus the year ago Thursday night telecast.”

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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