Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment “tanked” in the ratings

If CBS judges it by the ratings alone, Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment probably won’t be back. The pilot/special averaged 4.67 million viewers last night, which in its hour was good enough for third place, ahead of reruns of comedies on NBC and The Vampire Diaries on The CW. However, it came in last place among viewers 18 to 49, the only people advertisers care about.

Also bad news: 4.92 million people tuned in during the first half hour, but half a million of them turned it off before the second half-hour, according to data compiled by TV By the Numbers. It seems like at least some people agreed with me that it just wasn’t a great show.

The Hollywood Reporter says that all this means it “tanked in the ratings, hurting the chances of reality projects starring the terminally ill everywhere,” while HitFix says the show “won’t live for many more moments.”

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.

about the writer

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.