Sunday Contender lands in fourth place.

Sunday Contender lands in fourth place.
The Contender‘s first outing in its regular time slot drew fewer viewers than its other airings did, leading the show to place fourth in its time slot Sunday night. It “drew 6.7 million viewers overall and a meager 2.7 rating for NBC’s target audience of adults aged 18 to 49,” according to Reuters. Last week, the Monday evening episode was watched by 8.1 million people, while 8.9 million tuned in Thursday night. NBC is confident, though, as “officials said the show’s Sunday ratings were still a smidgen higher than they expected and improved slightly on the season average established by its predecessor in the 8-9 p.m. time slot, family drama ‘American Dreams.’”

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.