American Idol has its lowest ratings since 2002

Instead of picking up in its final weeks, American Idol 9‘s ratings continue to decline, reaching lows not seen since the show’s first season seven years ago.

Though it’s still number one, Wednesday’s results show was “its lowest-rated Wednesday night audience since 2002, with 19.1 million viewers,” The New York Times reports. And Tuesday’s performance episode had 17.5 million viewers, “the worst tally since the show’s premiere season in the summer of 2002,” according to The Los Angeles Times, which notes that “Young adults, in particular, seem to be bailing rapidly: the 6.5 rating/18 share among viewers ages 18 to 49 was ‘Idol’s’ second-lowest Wednesday number during the regular season.”

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.