Results show is the lowest-rated in two years, down 20 percent in 18-49 compared to last year

The drawn-out and bloated results episode of American Idol 7 that featured Mariah Carey, Elliot Yamin, stupid viewer questions, and this year’s final-7 attempt at cruelty, generated the least amount of interest of any results show in two years.

While 22.7 million people tuned in, that “was off more than 20% in the [18 to 49] demo vs. the same night a year ago while drawing its smallest regular Wednesday audience in two years,” Variety reports. The show doesn’t do better on non-regular Wednesday nights; Idol Gives Back was watched by only 17.5 million people.

Still, that’s a hell of a lot more than the 10.7 million who watched the Democratic presidential debate on ABC, or the 13.4 million who watched CSI:NY, so Kristy Lee Cook’s goodbye was deemed more important than the nation’s future or Gary Sinise’s awkward line readings.

ABC scores with debate [Variety]

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.