Lowest-ever ratings for Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice against the Oscars

The competition of the Academy Awards was too much for The Celebrity Apprentice and The Amazing Race, both of which had their lowest ratings ever last night.

CBS’ reality competition ratings among 18- to 49-year-olds “matched its series low, and was down 25% from its premiere’s” ratings, according to TV By the Numbers, which also said that Donald Trump’s show dropped 31 percent compared to last week, also a series low.

Both Survivor and American Idol also had series low ratings last week. Is it just the competition? Viewer fatigue of these formats that have been around for a decade or more? Or just a decline in quality?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.