Apprentice debut’s ratings the lowest ever for Trump’s franchise

Bad news about Martha’s ratings were followed by bad news about Donald Trump’s fourth Apprentice. The debut was watched by 9.9 million viewers, roughly 6 million fewer than watched the third-season debut. At the same time, 30 million people were watching CSI.

That’s a little more than 4 million fewer than watched the second season debut last fall, which is a drop of 37 percent, according to TV Week.

The Hollywood Reporter has a tiny bit of good news for Trump, and it came after 9:30: “viewership did pick up some in its second half-hour (climbing from 9 million viewers at the start to 10.6 million from 9:30-10 p.m.).”

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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.