Apprentice 2 debut was the lowest-rated episode in Apprentice history.

Apprentice 2 debut was the lowest-rated Thursday episode in Apprentice history.
Although Donald Trump will surely find a way to speak of The Apprentice 2‘s debut in superlative terms, it’s going to be difficult, as the series debuted with its lowest ratings ever. The 14.05 million people who watched were fewer than the 18.5 million that tuned in for the debut episode last season, which The New York Times reports “is the lowest-rated Thursday night broadcast” in its history. NBC President Jeff Zucker said, “It’s still early. If we look back in three weeks, and these are still the numbers, then I think everybody is going to be concerned.” Among those who could be concerned are the companies who spent good money to whore their products on the show. In completely unrelated news, Mattel issued a press release Friday announcing that you can now pre-order a “Morph Machines(TM)” toy from ToysRUs.com, the very toy created by the winning team on the show.
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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.

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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.