Kid Nation, Kitchen Nightmares have “solid but unspectacular” debut ratings

The two new reality series that debuted last night “delivered similarly solid but unspectacular” ratings, Variety reports.

In its debut, Kid Nation was watched by 9.1 million viewers, about a half-million more than watched Big Brother 8‘s finale the night before. The new CBS series also “won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 — and kids 2-11,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At 9, Kitchen Nightmares was watched by 6.6 million viewers, and it “built nicely in its second half-hour,” Variety says. While Last Comic Standing 5‘s finale was watched by 7.1 million viewers, Gordon Ramsay had more viewers ages 18 to 49, according to THR.

New season off to slow start [Variety]
‘Kid Nation’ wins demo; ‘Back to You’ strong [Hollywood Reporter]

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.