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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.