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.
+ also: American Juniors debuts with 11.7 million viewers, the highest debut so far this summer.
+ plus: ” some agents and producers have noticed shrinking casting pools for” reality TV 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.