Survivor is Canada’s most-popular TV show, leading American Idol

Canadians can’t apply for Survivor, but they certainly watch it: Survivor Heroes vs. Villains is the most-popular TV show in Canada, although American Idol is a close second despite the fact that Canadians have (update:had) their own Idol.

CanWest reports that 2.9 million Canadians watch, which “makes Survivor the most-watched weekly TV program in the country right now, a hair ahead of American Idol, with 2.8 million viewers.” The story attributes some of the interest to the all-star edition, but notes that the show’s “reach extends all the way from Salmon Cove, N.L., to Winter Harbour, B.C.”

Survivor thrives week after week [CanWest]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.