reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.

reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.
Big Brother 2‘s ratings may have been outstanding, but as Variety reports, other new shows aren’t doing so well. The Mole 2‘s debut finished in fourth place in its time slot on Friday and The Amazing Race has lost viewers since its debut. Also, Lost‘s Wednesday finale for its first story arc may be the show’s final episode; the network will probably shelve the next three episodes. Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports in their Oct. 5 issue that FOX’s Murder in Small Town X and Boot Camp both won’t return for second seasons, although Big Brother 3 is being considered, and NBC’s Fear Factor will definitely be back. What does it mean? Executives interviewed by Variety disagree; one possiblity is that the schedule is just oversaturated, spreading audiences too thin.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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