did Constantine’s fans affect Idol ratings?

did Constantine’s fans affect Idol ratings?
The ratings for American Idol 4‘s Tuesday night episode were down slightly. Did the scandal hurt viewership? Did a particularly powerful episode of Gilmore Girls air? According to fans of dismissed rocker Constantine Maroulis, it was all them. Broadcasting & Cable says it was “flooded with e-mails from Maroulis fans saying it was their protest.” One fan wrote, “The real reason is that Constantine fans on various websites including the Fox message boards held a boycott of American Idol [tuesday night] night in protest of the unfair elimination of Constantine Maroulis.” The real question would be how many of those fans are Nielsen households, and the answer is apparently “not many.” That’s because the show’s ratings rebounded Wednesday night, improving slightly over the previous week’s Wednesday episode.

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.