Fox’s first-ever prime-time rebroadcast of an American Idol episode drew an exceptionally low number of viewers, putting the show in fourth place–which would be shocking if this wasn’t a repeat airing in the middle of the summer. An average of 4.23 million people watched the two-hour episode featuring the season eight finalists performing Michael Jackson songs, which was broadcast as a tribute following Jackson’s death last Thursday. That’s just over half the number that watched a new episode of The Bachelorette, and it also placed behind repeats of Law and Order and CBS’ comedies, according to Nielsen data compiled by TV By the Numbers. And it’s one-sixth of the 25.23 million who watched the episode live back in March.
The Sing-Off loses its star
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
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.