Beauty and the Geek renewed; 30 Days, Hell’s Kitchen move up while Hit Me falls

The WB’s unlikely hit, Beauty and the Geek, will return for a second season. Last week, it led all other WB shows with 4.5 million viewers. Ugly smart guys and hot dumb girls, get your applications ready for when they start casting.

In other ratings news, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, which is my favorite show so far this summer, “is starting to show some fire,” according to E!. It was the 22nd most popular show last week with 7.5 million viewers. My other favorite summer reality offering is FX’s 30 Days, which kicked off strong for FX. The debut was watched by 1.7 million–big numbers for FX.

While Dancing with the Stars continues to dominate the summer–15.7 million watched the top-rated show last week–NBC’s Hit Me Baby One More Time is falling faster than the careers of the former hitmakers who appear on the show. Six million watched, which made it NBC’s most popular show, but it dropped to 37th place overall.

Revenge of the “Geek” [E!]

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.

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.