Idol 3 finale viewership higher among black households; Diana’s single scheduled.

Idol 3 finale viewership higher among black households; Diana’s single scheduled.
Toward the end of American Idol 3, “there was a dramatic increase in African American viewership…,” Media Life reports. Specifically, “…from the second-to-last week of ‘Idol’ to the last” there was an increase of 19 percent, while total viewership increased just five percent over that span. In addition, the finale “posted a 16.4 in total households but a 28.9 in black households.” Media Life’s analysis of the finale’s ratings suggests “it appears black viewers remained loyal right through to the end,” although “the overall ratings for this season’s finale were down somewhat from last season, suggesting that black viewership might have been even higher without the race issue.” However, for the whole season, the show “averaged 25.2 million viewers, up 16% from the second season, and young-adult ratings rose 7%,” USA TODAY reports. … Meanwhile, a week after Fantasia’s single hits stores, Diana Degarmo’s will be released. Her single Dreams / Don’t Cry Out Loud / I Believe will be out June 22. It includes “I Believe,” which is, obviously, the title track on Fantasia’s single. A week earlier, the official All Access: Prima’s Official Fan Book will be released; it includes “[e]xclusive pix of the audition process, set, and contestants” and “[e]verything you wanted to know and more!” Wow, that means it includes even more than you wanted to know.

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.