Dancing with the Stars beats American Idol for the first time, but Idol has younger viewers

More people watched Dancing with the Stars this week than American Idol 9 for the first time ever, though the Fox singing competition still draws well over twice as many young viewers as the senior citizen-heavy ABC dance competition.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “the Monday edition of ‘DWTS’ (23 million) beat out both the Tuesday (21.8 million) and Wednesday (20.5 million) editions of ‘Idol’ for the first time ever,” but that “A whopping 60% of the ‘DWTS’ audience is over 50 years old, compared with just 37% for ‘Idol.’ In fact, this Tuesday, when ‘Idol’ faced ‘DWTS’ in head-to-head competition, Fox’s singing show scored a 7.2 rating among adults aged 18 to 49. ABC notched a 3.0.”

With a weak-ass top 10 and the impending departure of Simon Cowell, I think last season will be forever viewed as the peak of American Idol, at least in terms of ratings, buzz, and talent.

Has ‘Dancing With the Stars’ dethroned ‘American Idol’ as America’s No. 1 show? [Los Angeles Times]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.