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 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.

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.