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.

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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