Viewers figure out that Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance isn’t worth watching and leave

The first episode of Live to Dance, Paula Abdul’s CBS dance competition, had a surprisingly high number of viewers considering how awful it was, but a large number of people got smart and didn’t tune in for its second episode. In its regular Wednesday timeslot, which is normally occupied by Survivor, the show faced off against ABC’s The Middle and NBC’s Minute to Win It, and lost.

Live to Dance came in third place among viewers 18 to 49, about a 25 percent drop from its debut on Tuesday. Among all viewers, it came in second place in its first half-hour and first in its second half-hour, but fewer people watched: 7.788 compared to 10.23 million on Tuesday.

So, 2.4 million people got smart; how many of those 7.8 million people will abandon the show next week?

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.