Project Runway 5’s finale ratings down from season four, but is the highest-rated season

Bravo has declared Project Runway 5‘s finale and Leanne Marshall’s win was watched by “a whopping 7.158 total viewers,” but that’s how many people watched the actual broadcast and the repeat at 11 p.m. ET. However, the whole season–despite being weaker than all the ones that preceded it–was “the series’ highest rated season ever,” according to a Bravo press release.

At 9 p.m., opposite the final presidential debate, 4.787 million viewers watched, which would make this finale’s ratings lower than last season’s, when 5.181 million people watched Christian Siriano win. And that season was down from season three’s 5.363 million. Those ratings all include people who DVRed and watched the show later that day.

Still, the network points out that Project Runway 5 did better than last season overall, as it “averaged 2.378 million adults 18-49 (vs. 2.286 million) and 3.580 million total viewers (vs. 3.294 million).”

More Than Seven Million Viewers Watch Project Runway 5 Finale… [Bravo press release]

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.