CBS has record web site traffic as a result of America’s Choice

CBS’ Big Brother 6 America’s Choice question has resulted in record traffic to the network’s web site. Last Friday, the morning after Julie Chen announced that Kaysar, Eric, or Michael would return to the house after a viewer vote, “ recorded its highest traffic day in 2005 with almost 21 million pageviews,” the network said in a press release.

This weekend, the show’s “site also had record breaking traffic and averaged 17 million pageviews per day.” Perhaps this explains the mixed messages about multiple votes; more voting equals more traffic.

In the same release, the network also announced that, on Friday’s House Calls talk show, viewer questions for the evicted houseguest won’t be read on the air by hosts Gretchen and Marcellas. Instead, “For the first time this season, viewers will be able to speak directly with this week’s evicted houseguest,” the press release says.

America’s Choice Voting on Big Brother 6 Leads to a Record Breaking Weekend for Cbs.Com With Over 57 Million Pageviews [CBS press release]

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.

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.