Real World’s ratings lead MTV to renew it for seasons 27 and 28

After its 25th season, The Real World won’t disappear like evidence of a gay porn star cast member’s gay sex, because MTV has renewed it for three more seasons, announcing the pick-ups of seasons 27 and 28 today. Season 26 is currently casting.

In its press release, MTV noted that the current season “has ranked #1 with [all people ages 12 to 34] in its time period across all of television,” and the second episode had ratings that were up “28% from the prior week’s season premiere” for a total of 2.2 million viewers.

That’s far fewer than Jersey Shore draws, but since more people in MTV’s demographic are interested in watching drunken hook-ups than any other 10 p.m. show on TV, it’s a success.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.