God’s intervention brings Survivor its most viewers since last December

Survivor‘s Jesus-fest episode earned the show its highest ratings since last December’s penultimate episode of Survivor Nicaragua.

While the show didn’t have much competition–other networks aired mostly repeats including Fox, which aired Glee repeats instead of the World Series–Survivor is on fire this season, and has managed to avoid its usual mid-season slump.

The show won its time slot with 11.79 million viewers, which was “its largest audience since last December’s Survivor: Nicaragua,” CBS said in a press release, noting that it also had its “best adult 18-49 rating since its initial episode.”

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.

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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.