There and Back hits ratings high, is the third-highest rated 18-34 show on cable

Ashley Parker Angel’s weekly humiliation, also known as There and Back, is doing quite well. Last week’s episode was the series’ highest-rated yet, and was watched by “1.5 million viewers 18-34, up 48 percent from its debut,” according to Media Life.

That makes it the third most-popular show on cable among viewers 18 to 34, behind only The Gauntlet 2 and Flavor of Love. The show is also growing its teenage audience. Since the first episode, that audience has grown by 47 percent, to 610,000 viewers ages 12 to 17.

That success might make a second season difficult; while I’d guess that MTV will order one, if Ashley’s album hits and does well after all this publicity, the second season will lack the things that made this season so great (desperateness, pregnancy, pennilessness). Still, right about now, you can just hear the other four O-Town members making plans to go broke, get someone pregnant, and move in with that woman’s mother.

Fallen Angel: MTV’s hot comeback kid [Media Life Magazine]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.