Project Runway’s ratings increase 18 percent over last season; Shear Genius 2 up 129 percent

Even though Project Runway‘s producers are phoning it in–two of three challenges so far copied from previous seasons? really?–and the contestants seem less engaging and more annoying, ratings for the show’s fifth season are actually increasing.

Bravo said in a press release that week-to-week, “the series was up 31 percent among adults 18-49 (2.146 vs. 1.636 million), and also up 25 percent among total viewers (3.287 vs. 2.621 million).” Compared to the fourth season, the show “is up 12 percent among adults 18-49 and up 18 percent among total viewers.”

Also on Bravo, Shear Genius had 2.399 million viewers, 1.49 of which were 18 to 49, on Wednesday night. That’s an increase of “129 percent among total viewers (vs. 1.046 million) and 116 percent among adults 18-49 (vs. 691,000).”

And the penultimate episode of Flipping Out‘s second, exceptionally compelling season had “a series high of 1.2 million total viewers” and “the second highest episode ever among adults 18-49, delivering 837,000 viewers in the demographic,” according to the network.

Bravo’s Original Series Deliver Record-Breaking Ratings, Again [Bravo press release]

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.

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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.