Oprah’s Big Give loses 25 percent of its viewers

After having TV’s third-biggest debut this season, Oprah’s Big Give lost about 25 percent of its viewers in one week, although it was still the top-rated show in its timeslot.

The second episode, which aired Sunday, was watched by 11.8 million viewers, compared to 15.6 million last week.

However, the show “still easily won its timeslot, 25 percent ahead of second-place Fox at 9 p.m. And it maintained 100 percent of 8 p.m. lead-in ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ in the demo,” according to Media Life.

Sinking: ‘Oprah’s Big Give’ takes back [Media Life]

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.