Skating with Celebrities improves on Arrested Development’s ratings by 183 percent

Skating with Celebrities may be dreadfully boring, and nowhere near as intelligent or funny as the show it replaced on Mondays (Arrested Development). But in its first outing on a Monday evening, the show earned ratings that improved “some 183 percent over the 3.5 million [FOX] averaged in the slot in December,” when Arrested Development aired in that timeslot, according to Media Life.

Among viewers 18 to 49, there was “a 94 percent improvement over the 1.7 [rating] the network averaged in that slot over four Mondays in December with a combination of ‘Arrested Development’ originals and reruns, and an episode of the canceled ‘Kitchen Confidential.'”

And those numbers represent a decline. Since moving away from its post-American Idol 5 timeslot, the show has lost viewers: down from 18.7 million in its debut to 10.8 million viewers last week, and 9.9 million viewers Monday evening.

The lesson here: Cheap, creatively dry knock-offs can succeed. And people are stupid.

So way way cool: ‘Skating with celebs’ [Media Life]

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.