Simple Life 4 debut quadruples E!’s average ratings

After FOX dumped The Simple Life 4, E! picked it up, and the show finally debuted Sunday, drawing 1.3 million viewers.

While those ratings would have been dismal for FOX, it was actually “more than four times E!’s prime-time average,” TV Week reports. And in key adult demographic groups, ratings “more than tripled from the network’s average.”

This is perhaps the worst news of the week. If this keeps up, and the show doesn’t just hemorrhage viewers for the rest of its season, they’re going to keep faking/making more rather than just allowing Paris Hilton to slink back into her hole. Stop. Encouraging. Her.

‘Simple Life’ Scores for E! [TV Week]

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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