Dancing with the Stars 3 debut is the third-highest rated episode ever

ABC has done it again. The debut of Dancing with the Stars 3 was watched by an average of 20 million people,

Variety reports that the show’s “rating was the show’s third-best ever, topped only by its season one and season two finales.” That helped make Tuesday ABC’s “top-rated Tuesday night with adults 18-49 in almost three years and its most-watched Tuesday (excluding sports) in nearly five.”

However, The LA Times’ Channel Island blog reports that “the audience skewed somewhat on the gray side — during the first hour, ‘Dancing’ scored a 4.8 rating among adults aged 18-49, compared with a 5.8 for Fox’s medical drama ‘House.'”

ABC dances to ratings win [Variety]
The Overnights: 20M for ABC’s ‘Dancing’ [LA Times]

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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