Reality TV Reruns: Don't Vote Them Off

The genre's potential in reruns is better than many might expect. But the top reality TV shows aren't the biggest winners the second time around

In the decade since Survivor set off a TV revolution leading to the birth of Boy Meets Boy, Scott Baio Is 45 and Single, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and some 400 other reality shows, the genre has operated on a straightforward business model: Make shows with production costs low enough to compensate for their lack of earning potential in reruns. Producing a reality show costs about one-third of what a successful scripted show costs.

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