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.
Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted
In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.
Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13
The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.
Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.
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- Time for a Face Off facelift, but please keep Lois Burwell October 29, 2014
- Juan Pablo and Nikki split; Big Brother to China; TAR’s routes; MasterChef turtle beheading October 29, 2014
- Two Survivors competing in The Price is Right’s male model search October 28, 2014
- Solved: the mystery of Survivor’s four cutest guest stars October 27, 2014
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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.