sixth Amazing Race has strongest debut since the series’ first season three years ago.

sixth Amazing Race has strongest debut since the series’ first season three years ago.
Whether or not The Amazing Race 6 would be able to keep up the momentum that the series gained over the summer was the big question. Was it a smart move for CBS to hold the sixth season until sweeps and air it on a weeknight? Its two-hour debut Tuesday evening answered that question definitively: yes. 11.8 million people watched the series, as the series “delivered the best scores for the opening segment of the series since the inaugural edition’s debut in September 2001,” Variety reports. (Still, its lead-in, NCIS, was inexplicably watched by 15.3 million viewers.) The two-hour debut “improved CBS’ time period performance with regularly scheduled programming in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour by 104 percent in adults 18 to 49, 135 percent in adults 18 to 34, 83 percent in adults 25 to 54, and by 36 percent in viewers,” according to MediaDailyNews. Clearly, reality is dead.

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.