No one cares about Jersey Shore any more

Jersey Shore ends forever in 10 days, on Dec. 20, three years and 17 days after it debuted to controversy and low ratings in 2009. In the NEw York Times today, the cast members reflect on their experience, but they may be the only ones who care.

That’s because the show is back to where it began, at least with its ratings: the episode that aired a week ago Thursday was watched by “only 2.4 million total viewers, barely half as many as the 4.7 million who watched the Season 6 premiere on Oct. 4,” The New York Times reports, adding that the viewership was “the lowest total for the series since the first season, when the Dec. 17, 2009, episode drew 2.5 million.”

Consider that in August 2011, the show debuted to 8.8 million viewers, that’s a pretty huge plunge. More importantly, is anyone talking about the show or its cast in the same way any more? MTV’s decision to cancel the show seems like a smart one.

As it rocketed to popularity, and because of its popularity, the show also became an increasingly inauthentic “farce”, and that’s the opposite of what drew people to it in the first place.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.