nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.

nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.
This past TV season, the top shows “among adults 18-49, a stunning nine programs were reality shows,” Variety reports. Even better, reality TV shows were the “top-rated show in the key demo for ABC (The Bachelor), NBC (The Apprentice, tied with “Friends”), Fox (American Idol) and UPN (America’s Next Top Model).” Overall for the season, NBC came in first, but FOX will place a close second among adults 18 to 49, mostly because of the sixteen million hours of American Idol 3 that it ran this year. FOX president Gail Berman says the network is “closer to No. 1 than at any other time in the history of our network.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.