reality TV ratings fall “at a much faster rate” compared to scripted shows.

reality TV ratings fall “at a much faster rate” compared to scripted shows.
Ratings for reality TV shows may make headlines, but TV Week reports that “[r]eality show ratings have declined at a much faster rate than those of scripted shows this season, according to a recent report by media agency Mediaedge:cia in New York.” The raw details: “reality programs have dropped 15 percent in the adults 18 to 49 demographic this season through March 16″ while “[s]cripted network shows dropped 9 percent in adults 18 to 49 season.” Among reality TV shows, “CBS is up 12 percent in reality adult 18 to 49 ratings; NBC is 8 percent improved; ABC is off 21 percent; and Fox is down 24 percent.” FOX dropped largely because of Joe Millionaire 2. A researcher for Mediaedge says, “All reality is not the same. You have to look at all of them-and then break them apart. There are a couple of shows that drive the genre and are given all the buzz.”
+ plus: editor of TV Guide quits, citing, in part, reality TV: “I’m not into living the world of reality television for another year.”

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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.