America’s Got Talent 2 is the week’s top-rated show; Hell’s Kitchen beaten by a sit-com repeat

With summer officially here, viewers have fled, leaving “tepid ratings” behind, the AP reports. That explains why NBC was actually in first place last week: America’s Got Talent 2 was last week’s top-rated show, as 12.51 million people watched.

Among the other top-10 shows, only one is a reality show: So You Think You Can Dance, which was watched by 9.17 million people. ABC’s “highest-rated show for the week” was The Next Best Thing, which came in 27th, the AP reports.

As an example of how sad summer viewership is, on Monday night, Hell’s Kitchen 3 won the night for FOX among viewers ages 18 to 49, Variety reports–but there are far less of them than there are of old people. Thus, with 7.2 million viewers, Gordon Ramsay’s show was easily crushed in overall viewers by a repeat of Two and a Half Men, which was watched by 9 million people. A repeat! Of a crappy comedy!

Ratings: NBC Gets Real but CBS Tops Week [AP]
‘Kitchen’ on fire with audiences [Variety]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.