Deadliest Catch had its highest-rated season yet

When I initially started watching Deadliest Catch, I couldn’t imagine that watching crab pots coming over the side of a boat could sustain an entire season, never mind five. But once I discovered that there was a lot more to the series, I was quickly hooked, and the series keeps getting better and better, concluding its fifth season with two super-dramatic and actually real episodes in a row.

Its fifth-season finale on Tuesday was the highest-rated show on cable, with more than 3.5 million viewers, and overall viewers grew by 12 percent over last season, with even greater increases among specific demographics.

Overall, this was “a ratings record breaking season” among all viewers 25 to 54, 18 to 49, and men 18 to 34. according to a Discovery press release. It grew by 10 percent among people 25 to 54 and 13 percent among men 25 to 54.

A Fantastic Finish… [Discovery 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.