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 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.