Debut Dancing ratings even with last fall, down 14 percent from spring; Bachelor down, too

The first episode of Dancing with the Stars 6 may not have had much drama, but it did draw 20.9 million viewers, making it the night’s most-watched show.

That’s down 14 percent from the show’s fourth season, best-ever debut last spring, but its numbers are about the same as “its fifth-season, 90-minute debut of last fall,” Variety reports.

Also down was the premiere of The Bachelor 12, which was watched by 9.0 million viewers, “down 11%. Still, ‘Dancing’ remained the highest-rated show of the night, and ‘Bachelor’ won the 10 p.m. hour.and according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Speaking of drama, people with better hearing than mine noticed that Adam Carolla said, “oh, bitch” when Carrie Ann Inaba revealed her score, a 5. As he said it just as the audience was awwing and the announcer was saying “Len Goodman,” it was slightly muffled but still pretty obvious (it’s at the 6:40 mark here). It was also less-noticeable because everyone basically ignored it, whereas Tom Bergeron’s strategy is basically to interrupt any kind of talk that wouldn’t work in a Care Bears episode, unless he’s the one making the joke.

CBS comedies return with a ‘Bang’ [Variety]
For sitcoms, many happy post-strike returns [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.