Ratings for America’s Got Talent up 9 percent over last year

The second season debut of America’s Got Talent drew more viewers than last year’s premiere. On Tuesday, 12.9 million viewers watched, compared to 11.8 million last year, which is a 9 percent increase, Media Life reports.

Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show increased its viewership by 35 percent, drawing NBC’s “top 18-49 rating this summer,” and making it “the best rating thus far for any summer show debut,” according to Media Life.

Overall, the two-hour finale, which featured a quasi-confrontation between new judge Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan over a little girl who performed, earned “the show’s best-ever performance in total viewers and the top premiere of the summer.”

‘America’s Got Talent’ premiere is tops [Media Life]

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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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.