Survivor Palau beat Apprentice 3 by 8.8 million viewers during face-off Thursday.

Survivor Palau beat Apprentice 3 by 8.8 million viewers during face-off Thursday.
George W. Bush’s Thursday press conference pushed back Survivor Palau to 9 p.m., although the press conference itself was moved to an earlier time because of The Apprentice 3. The shift forced a showdown between the second- and third-most popular reality shows, and NBC’s The Apprentice 3 lost the battle so severely that Donald Trump may want to hide in the boardroom for a few days. Survivor had 21.2 million viewers, while The Apprentice was watched by 12.4 million viewers, a difference of nearly nine million. CBS’ show also aired in an abnormal timeslot, when CSI normally airs (although perhaps CSI’s massive audience stuck around and helped out).

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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.