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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

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.