except for American Juniors, summer reality TV shows are doing well.

except for American Juniors, summer reality TV shows are doing well.
Most of the reality TV series networks hauled out are doing well, although none have turned out to be a Survivor-style smash. The one exception: American Juniors, which has lost viewers since its debut. FOX’s other major reality TV show, Paradise Hotel, “has slowly but surely inched up the adults 18-49 rankings,” Reuters reports. Elsewhere, CBS’ Big Brother 4 last week “brought CBS time-slot wins on the three nights that the house-bound reality show aired.” But the bigger story may come from NBC’s For Love or Money 2 and Last Comic Standing, which “have performed admirably enough to allow NBC to claim nine consecutive weekly ratings wins so far this summer for the key demographic of viewers aged 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.