Four of the season’s top 10 shows were reality.

Ratings are in from the 2004-2005 television season, and although drama made a resurgence thanks to Desperate Housewives and Lost, reality TV still delivered. Last year, “Half of last season’s top 10 new programs were reality series,” but this year, “No unscripted show cracked the top 10 among new series,” USA TODAY reports. However, along all shows, four of the top 10 shows were reality. Those represent two series, American Idol and both seasons of Survivor, as The Hollywood Reporter’s grid shows. Both Apprentices and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition landed in the top 20, while The Amazing Race 7 came in at 25, with the series’ sixth season arriving at 31. There were also plenty of reality duds: Last season’s least-watched show was The WB’s Big Man on Campus, with The Starlet coming in two places from the bottom, and High School Reunion and FOX’s The Complex: Malibu both came in the bottom 10.

CBS again wins biggest share of shrinking audience [USA TODAY]
Primetime series: Final audience and ratings figures [The Hollywood Reporter]

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.