26 million watched the Bachelor 2′s finale, beating American Idol’s finale.

26 million watched the Bachelor 2′s finale, beating American Idol’s finale.
The Bachelor 2‘s finale was watched by 26 million people, “ABC’s biggest Wednesday audience for any entertainment program in more than three years,” the LA Times reports. Nearly three-quarters of the viewers were women, and more than three million more people watched it than American Idol‘s Sept. finale. The two-hour finale easily beat NBC’s The West Wing and CBS’ Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (which was apparently watched only by people who like to complain.
+ also: Helene doesn’t plan to move yet.
+ and: “A prediction: Aaron and Helene will never get married.”

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.