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?

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.

about the writer

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.