Ah, reality television. A stellar way to ignore the state of the world and focus on what's important: other people's drama. The genre has been around since the '70s, but didn't get popular until the '90s when MTV gifted us the powerhouse that was and forever will be The Real World. After that, we saw a boom of reality TV content. From Bunnies revealing what it's really like to live in the Playboy Mansion to belting your heart out for a golden ticket to Hollywood, networks couldn't get enough of the stuff.
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When exactly did the British public fall in love with dating shows? However, this love affair has traditionally been exclusively heterosexual. The fierce backlash to the revival of Playing it Straight — in which a woman had to determine which of a number of potential male partners were secretly gay — in hopefully closed that era for good. Hell, a few years ago, ITV2 aired a dating show literally called Girlfriends that was somehow entirely heterosexual. Even when we are included, queer contestants are often covered up in episode descriptions and the dates themselves can be unbearably cringeworthy. And back then you only had to keep up with a couple of shows! Consider this the sin bin.
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Though there have been many memorable dating shows, like current hits The Bachelor and The Bachelorette , far more romance-minded series have been left to die alone, never finding love with audiences. Here are 17 of the latter. Without looking at them, Hull gradually eliminated three of the six contestants based on the answers to his questions. The more their answers matched, the more expensive their grand prize of a trip would be. Averaging three million viewers a night , Studs was a brief phenomenon when it was syndicated on Fox affiliates.
Once again, the most-popular reality show in the country is American Idol , though it has fallen to number two, behind Sunday Night Football. Of the seven shows in the top 20, six are singing competitions, and the other is Survivor South Pacific. TV By the Numbers published a ranked list of all network shows based on their popularity among people ages 18 to 49, the best public indicator of their value to networks. I removed all the scripted and other shows, leaving only the ones that matter: reality TV shows. As you look at it, keep in mind that ratings matter most in time slots, so a low-rated show here might perform very well for a network in its time slot.