2.5 million watched Runway finale.

2.5 million watched Runway finale.
At the climax of Bravo’s Project Runway, 2.5 million people were watching. That helped the show earn “the network’s highest ratings results ever in the Wednesday 8-11 p.m. time period. With 500% growth over its total-viewer and key demographic premiere numbers in December, cable’s hottest show delivered the highest numbers for any Bravo telecast for the 2004-05 season to date.” The press release from parent company NBC Universal has a bunch of numbers and stuff, but the lowdown is that a crapload of people watched. Over its season, viewership grew by 400 to 500 percent, depending upon the demographic. Additionally, the release says “Project Runway is also the youngest program 34.4 (median age) in network history.” Over on its web site, Bravo is airing the “decoy” runway show put on by fourth-place finisher Austin Scarlett. He presented a collection at Fashion Week, since his elimination episode aired the week after Fashion Week, thereby preventing spoilers.
+ also: Donny Deutsch says Jay should “take that first 100 grand and spend it all on publicists. I mean that–just lure, press, hype.”

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.

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.