Bachelorette beats West Wing; ABC “pleased” with Mole’s second place.

Bachelorette beats West Wing; ABC “pleased” with Mole’s second place.
The debut of ABC’s The Bachelorette Wednesday beat NBC’s The West Wing by 3.4 million viewers. With a total of 17.4 million viewers, it easily won its time slot. The show that followed it, Celebrity Mole Hawaii, lost about more than 6 million of those viewers, but averaged 10.7 million viewers and came in second in its hour. Still, “ABC is pleased with the show’s performance; it held up much better against NBC powerhouse ‘Law & Order’ than the cancelled ‘MDs’ ever did,” reports. Together, ABC’s Wednesday reality TV shows “scored solid ratings, both overall and in the advertiser-friendly demographic groups of adults 18-49 and 18-34.”

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.

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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.