American Idol 3 had 6.7 million fewer viewers than Idol 2, breaks texting record.

American Idol 3 had 2.3 million fewer viewers than Idol 2, breaks texting record.
Despite the record number of votes cast, including a record number of text messages all season, just over two million fewer people watched the American Idol 3 finale compared to last year’s finale. Early estimates show 31.4 million viewers watched Wednesday night; last year, 33.7 watched. Still, as Reuters points out, the series “has emerged as Fox’s biggest hit and its first show to finish a season as the most watched series in prime time, with its Tuesday performance telecasts averaging more than 25 million viewers a week.” … Speaking of votes, it’s all well and good to criticize voter turnout in real elections, but let’s stop with this ridiculous moaning about how more people might soon vote for an Idol than for President. On American Idol, you can vote as much as your redial button and cell phone bill will allow. In America, you can only vote once, unless you live in Florida or in a locale where officials like cash gifts.
+ also: critic: “it was the strength of the field that brought a little chaos to Idol voting.”
+ and: Simon Fuller owns Fantasia now.

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.