Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.

Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.
In the epic showdown of drama versus reality, Survivor Vanuatu lost. And won. So everyone wins. But of course, we’re prepared for an onslaught of reality is dead stories. Broadcasting and Cable’s particularly schizophrenic report is titled “Survivor Beats Housewives,” but in its fourth paragraph, says, “Desperate Housewives won its time period and was the highest-rated show on the night with a 9.3/20 to a 7.9/17 for the final hour of the Survivor finale (the 10-11 Survivor was a reunion show). But ABC’s other shows were not strong enough to woo viewers carrying a torch for CBS.” During its hour, Desperate Housewives was watched by 22.2 million viewers, while Survivor Vanuatu had “19.7 million viewers overall,” according to Variety. That’s slightly up from an average this season of 19.6 million. The reunion was watched by 16.2 million.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.