78 percent of surveyed people have not voted during American Idol 5; 44 percent don’t watch

Two weeks ago, Pursuant Research surveyed 1,045 adults about American Idol. The results were somewhat surprising, finding both that people tend to not vote despite the fact that they think their vote is important. Also intriguing: Those surveyed think judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul are pretty much equal. (Keep sharp objects away from Randy for the next few days.) Here are some of the survey’s highlights:

  • Of those surveyed, 78 percent of people have not voted; 44 percent hadn’t even watched the show. And 44 percent answered “don’t know” or “other” when asked why they don’t vote.
  • Of those who do vote, 73 percent are women.
  • Despite that lack of voting, on some level, 34 percent of those surveyed think that voting for an American Idol candidate has more impact than voting in a Presidential election, 18 percent think it’s the same, and 43 percent think their vote for President matters more.
  • Despite what the morons in the studio audience would have us believe, 24 percent value Simon’s opinion the most, 15 percent value Randy’s the most, and 14 percent like Paula’s best. 46 percent, however, answered don’t know/other. The people they surveyed aren’t very introspective, are they?
  • Zero percent admit to voting because they “dislike a specific person/Wanted to eliminate someone” or because they “Disagree with one or more of the judges/Wanted to prove one or more of the judges wrong.”
  • And in the least-surprising news, the show’s “viewers are more likely to be from the South (39 percent) versus viewers from the Northeast (21 percent), North Central (21 percent) or from the West (19 percent).”
Simon Says: Survey Indicates American Idol Voters Value His Tough Love and Pursuant’s American Idol Survey [PDF] [Pursuant, Inc.]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

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.