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.

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.