Survivor has its lowest-rated episode ever against Idol, which had 2x the viewers

The showdown between American Idol and Survivor seems to have impacted both series negatively, though the Fox singing competition easily beat the CBS reality competition with about twice the number of viewers. Survivor, though, was the real loser: its truly awesome opening episode had fewer viewers than any other regular broadcast in its history.

Among critical viewers ages 18 to 49, Survivor Redemption Island had 29 percent fewer viewers than last spring’s all-star season debut, while Idol dropped 21 percent to a comparative episode last spring, according to TV By the Numbers, which says Survivor had “its lowest rated regular episode ever.”

Overall, an average of 11.168 million people watched the best first episode Tribal Council ever, and 20.696 million were bored by the Hollywood round’s manufactured drama. Remember that CBS effectively brought this on themselves by changing their schedule, which prompted Fox to move Idol.

The scary part about this is that they obviously brought Rob and Russell back to be ratings draws. And something tells me the way networks and producers think sometimes, the low ratings are not going to be blamed on Rob and Russell fatigue, but if the show is renewed, it will lead to even more gimmicks to try to inflate ratings.

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.