Just 6.99 million people watched CBS’ Pirate Master

The debut of Pirate Master on CBS was watched by only 6.99 million viewers.

The show “ran second in its 8 o’clock hour and delivered about half of what ‘Survivor’ averaged in the timeslot earlier this spring,” Variety reports. Worse, the show “finished behind another of [Mark] Burnett’s shows, Fox’s gamer ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'”

However, the show “did manage to maintain or gain in share in its second half-hour in all key ratings categories,” Variety notes, and that’s a good sign.

By the way, CBS is “likely waiting to see how it fares before announcing the summer sked of Big Brother,” which usually airs in Pirate Master‘s Thursday timeslot.

CBS’ ‘Pirate’ in rough seas [Variety]

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.