American Idol more popular in black homes; more whites watch Survivor.

American Idol more popular in black homes; more whites watch Survivor.
Initiative Media’s annual study of the similarities and differences between the top 20 shows in black and white households found that more black households watch American Idol while more white households watch Survivor Amazon. “Nearly 19% of black homes are watching American Idol on Tuesdays this season, compared with 11.5% of white homes,” USA TODAY reports. The reverse is true for other competition-oriented reality TV shows: “13.3% of white households tune in to Survivor: The Amazon, for example, just 7.5% of black homes do,” the paper reports. Overall the study shows an increasingly common list of top 20 shows.

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.

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.