Only 2 million watch as the Clark Brothers win Fox’s Next Great American Band

FOX’s The Next Great American Band concluded last Friday night, and the Clark Brothers won the show and a recording contract. That group defeated Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and Sixwire.

I learned this from a Fox press release, because like most of America, I didn’t watch the series, an American Idol knock-off that was actually produced by that series’ producers, but which was exiled to Fridays and left to conclude during the holidays.

The season finale placed fourth in its timeslot, according to, which says it earned a “earned a 1.8/3″ rating. That means about 2,030,400 people watched, which means it lost more than 1.5 million viewers from its low-rated premiere. Even worse, that’s fewer than the 2.5 million who watched the pathetic end of On the Lot.

FOX’s press release doesn’t mention ratings at all (surprise), but instead says the finale “was filled with special performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, Sheila E. and C.O.E.D., as well as the Top 7 bands, who returned to perform a special holiday medley.” It was so special, no one bothered to watch.

The Clark Brothers Are Crowned “The Next Great American Band” and Win Contract with 19 Recordings [Fox press release]
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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.

about the writer

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.