Amazing Race 13 finale ratings up

The conclusion of The Amazing Race 13, which concluded with Nick and Starr Spangler’s win, had more viewers than last season’s late-January conclusion.

CBS says that 10.57 million viewers watched, which is an increase of 8 percent over season 12’s 9.79 million.

Still, the last time the show concluded in December, it was watched by significantly more viewers: 12.9 million watched James and Tyler win The Amazing Race 10.

In other race news, as part of a mostly boring exit interview with Reality TV World, Nick and Starr said that Ken and Tina didn’t lose by much (“like 11 minutes, something like that. It was really close,” Starr said), but frat boys Dan and Andrew were extremely far behind, “[a]bout an hour-and-a-half after,” the winners said.

The Finale of “The Amazing Race 13″ Outruns “Race 12″ [CBS press release]
Exclusive: Nick and Starr Spangler dish about their ‘The Amazing Race’ win [Reality TV World]

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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