American Idol beats the Grammys

Kelly Clarkson may have won two Grammys last night, but far more people were watching the judges look for a new idol on American Idol 5.

The show was watched by 28.3 million people last night, while only 15.1 million watched the Grammys on CBS. There was better news for CBS after the FOX show ended, when more people tuned in for the second hour, allowing the Grammys to beat Lost.

As the AP reports, “After ‘Idol’ went off the air, the Grammys picked up a little steam. Overall, from 8 to 11 p.m., the show averaged 17.6 million viewers.” That’s still far fewer than watched FOX’s talent competition.

CBS takes a hit with Grammy Awards [Media Life]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.