ratings: Real World is #5, Amazing Race 2 rebounds on Wednesday.

ratings: Real World is #5, Amazing Race 2 rebounds on Wednesday.
The Real World Chicago was the fifth-most watched show on basic cable last week, drawing viewers in 2.82 million homes. It was beaten by WWF Raw and two TV movies, but beat an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants by 60,000 homes. The Amazing Race 2 premiered with 22 percent fewer viewers in certain demographics than The Amazing Race did last fall. Nine million viewers watched on Monday, which, of course, is a completely different night and time than it will normally air. But with Survivor Marquesas‘ lead-in on Wednesday, it rebounded, watched by 12.5 million viewers–its “best-ever ratings for a regularly scheduled episode,” Variety reports. Survivor Marquesas did pretty well itself on a different night; although down from its Thursday night averages, it won its hour with 20.46 million viewers.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.