More people watched Bachelorette reunion than the actual finale

The Bachelorette 4‘s finale last night, during which DeAnna Pappas accepted Jesse’ marriage proposal, was watched by an average of 9.5 million viewers. Just under two million smart people only tuned in for the last half-hour, which was watched by 11.2 million people.

Strangely, the After the Final Rose special at 10, which pre-empted The Mole and which I skipped, was watched by a greater number of viewers on average: 10 million tuned in. That made it “the night’s top-rated program,” according to Variety.

Still, all of that’s down from the average of 15 million who watched the third Bachelorette‘s finale, although that was five years ago.

‘Bachelorette’ finale fuels ABC [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.