ratings: Fame, For Love or Money, TAR4 do well, Top Model does not.

ratings: Fame, For Love or Money, TAR4 do well, Top Model does not.
Last week’s ratings are in, and the new batch of reality TV shows had solid ratings. With 10.55 million viewers, Fame landed at number 13 for the week; right behind it was The Amazing Race 4, which was watched by 9.94 million. Over on UPN, the second episode of America’s Next Top Model was watched by 3.2 million viewers. And on Monday, the debut of NBC’s For Love or Money came in second place during its time slot with an average of 10.2 million viewers.
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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.