21.5 million watched Survivor; lowest debut yet “pummel[s]” competition.

21.5 million watched Survivor; lowest debut yet “pummel[s]” competition.
Although the 21.5 million viewers who watched the debut of Survivor Pearl Islands represented “the franchise’s smallest debut audience since its first edition back in the summer of 2000,” the season premiere “pummeled its competitors,” The Washington Post reports. In a press release “CBS noted that 4.5 million people were without power in mid-Atlantic markets due to Hurricane Isabel,” but as the Post points out, “[a] quarter of them would have had to tune in to CBS to make up the difference between the audience for Thursday’s debut and the audience accrued by the first episode of Survivor: Thailand last fall.”

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.