Reruns of Amazing Race’s first season doing well

Reality reruns have had notoriously poor performances. But the Game Show Network’s decision to rerun all eight seasons of The Amazing Race has been paying off so far.

After one week, the network’s ratings are up 69 percent among viewers 18 to 49, and 11 percent overall. Plus, viewers’ median age has dropped from 54 to 42.

A GSN VP said in a press release, “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the first week’s ratings performance of THE AMAZING RACE. We had hoped the series would add new younger viewers and it definitely has, with our median age dropping by 12 years.”

The show airs every night at 9 p.m. ET.

‘The Amazing Race’ Outperforms Time Period Averages in All Key Demographics During First Week on GSN [GSN via The Futon Critic]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.