Last Comic Standing 4 finale was the lowest-rated episode of the season

The continually declining ratings for Last Comic Standing 4 fell even more on Wednesday night, when NBC aired the show’s fluff-filled finale.

Among viewers 18 to 49, the finale “was down 22 percent from its season-long 3.6 average, and it dipped 36 percent from the 2004 edition’s finale,” according to Media Life.

The magazine motes the show has “been faltering for weeks, failing to show a week-to-week increase for nine straight weeks.” But for some ridiculous reason, the finale aired on a different night and at a different time than usual, and also aired opposite So You Think You Can Dance.

A yukless finale for NBC’s ‘Last Comic’ [Media Life Magazine]

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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