Giant crazy skee ball: Glass House’s great challenge can’t compete against the Olympics

As a skee ball fan, I was just excited by last night’s The Glass House challenge: giant, crazy, curved skee ball–and not just because it was a head-to-head challenge, which are always better than the timed, one-team-at-a-time challenges.

Alas, competition from real sports–the Olympics–didn’t help the show’s already-low ratings: it lost 25 percent of its viewers 18 to 49 last night, and just 1.67 million viewers, its lowest rating yet. Bachelor Pad also fell by about the same amount of 18-49s. This explains why So You Think You Can Dance is repeating previous episodes for two weeks: Fox isn’t bothering to compete with the Olympics.

Anyway, The Glass House show continues to innovate in interesting ways with viewer interaction, allowing viewers to contribute prizes for the challenges, which this week produced viewer-drawn caricatures of the players.

Also interesting: Jeffrey’s strategy of voting himself into limbo paid off, though just barely. He basically gave up immunity, but what happens consistently is viewers dump the person who received the lowest votes to begin with (i.e. the losing team captain), and that saved him. The same will probably be true this week.

I don’t want the producers to change the rules mid-stream, but I also wouldn’t mind the players–including the losing team captain–getting additional power to save themselves: individual immunity, maybe?

But that’s less interesting than giant crazy skee ball. Watch:

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.