Big Brother 9 rises on Sunday but falls to an all-time low against American Idol

CBS’ decision to schedule Big Brother 9 opposite American Idol is leading to the show being stomped to death in the ratings, and it’s lost so many viewers that it may have set a record low Tuesday night.

Last night, 5.4 million people watched, 1.9 million fewer than tuned into the debut a week earlier. That “looks to be the franchise’s lowest-rated [weeknight] episode to date,” Variety reports. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, it dropped 24 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Sunday, though, 6.7 million viewers watched. Big Brother was still third in its timeslot, losing to Extreme Makeover and American Gladiators. In other words, the show isn’t doing all that bad, but putting it against the number-one show in the country squeezes out any life it had in it. Sort of like the houseguests do to us.

‘Idol’ rolls, ‘Loser’ up [Variety]
Fox dominates, ‘Jericho’ ratings decline [Hollywood Reporter]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.