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.

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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.