11 of 20 top shows are reality TV.

11 of top 20 shows are reality TV.
Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 11 of the top 20 shows are reality TV programs. An ad-buying analyst tells USA TODAY that “[t]he appetite is insatiable” for these shows. She says that crappy, unwatched new dramas and sitcoms gave way to another wave of reality TV hits: “Had the shows performed well, these would not have been plugged in their place. We knew they weren’t going to stick to that.” Not all shows are a huge success, though; FOX’s two-episode The Littlest Groom was watched by only 7 million people; more than four times that many tuned in to watch American Idol 3.

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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.