American Idol down .4 million viewers from Tuesday but stays strong

From Tuesday to Wednesday, American Idol 6 lost less than half a million viewers — .4 million, to be exact — which is down from its average of 37.3 million on Tuesday night. Perhaps those viewers left because they, too, were disappointed with the first episode.

But that’s not bad news for the show or FOX. The second episode’s ratings were actually up 11 percent compared to the second episode last year, according to Variety, while overall the episode “peaked with a 38 share of the 18-49 audience at 9:30 and nearly 40 million viewers in total.”

Variety also notes that FOX’s series “trounced the competition on Wednesday,” including Armed & Famous (6.1 million viewers), Beauty and the Geek (3.1 million viewers), and Deal or No Deal (8.7 million).

‘Idol’ huge again for Fox [Variety]

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.