Skating with the Stars bleeds out on the ice

Skating with the Stars is lying on the ice, bleeding to death, as it lost 50 percent of its viewers ages 18 to 49 from last week’s debut. It was in third place behind repeats of sitcoms on CBS, new episodes of NBC’s Chuck and The Event, and Fox’s rerun of House and new Lie to Me, which its most-famous star, Bethenny Frankel, couldn’t compete with.

The Dancing with the Stars spin-off had just over 6 million viewers on average, losing about 800,000 of them throughout its 90 minutes. Last week, the show tripped and sliced itself open with its skate as it lost viewers throughout its debut, but ended up with about a half million more viewers than tuned in this week.

TV By the Numbers reports that “reduced competition didn’t help” as “Skating With The Stars 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was down 50% from last week’s premiere.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.