Survivor is “more dominant” on Thursdays despite lower ratings

Survivor is being watched by fewer people than tuned in a year ago, but the show “has actually become more dominant in Thursday’s leadoff hour as NBC’s comedies and Fox’s ‘The OC’ have declined,” Variety reports.

With 18.98 million viewers, last Thursday’s episode–when Bobby Jon bit it–was the highest rated episode this season. That’s more than 10 million viewers over NBC’s “Joey” and “Will & Grace,” and more than 13 million more than watched “The OC.”

The high numbers helped CBS earn another sweeps month victory on Thursday night; CSI’s strong ratings didn’t hurt, either.

‘Survivor’ thriving [Variety]

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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