one-fourth of Wed. audience watched Big Brother 3 or American Idol; Mole has best demo numbers yet.

Big Brother 3, American Idol get 25% of Wed. audience; Mole has best night.
Last Wednesday, one-quarter of the viewing audience at 9 p.m. were watching either American Idol or the debut of Big Brother 3, which tied for 14th place in the week’s ratings. On Thursday, Big Brother 3 came in first among viewers 25 to 54, but was behind NBC in viewers 18 to 49. Also, last Tuesday, The Mole 2 scored its highest numbers yet in the 18 to 49 demographic, and was seen by 7.3 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.