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 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.