more watched American Idol 2 and Survivor than early war coverage.

more watched American Idol 2 and Survivor than early war coverage.
American Idol 2 on FOX and Survivor Amazon on CBS prevailed in the ratings opposite NBC’s coverage of the war on Wednesday evening. “When the war coverage went directly against reality programming, it fell particularly short,” CBS MarketWatch reports. American Idol 2 won the second half of the 8 p.m. hour, when the live elimination show aired opposite Survivor Amazon; war coverage on NBC came in third. The two shows will face off again next week as Survivor airs on Wednesday evening again.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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