American Idol ratings have never been this low

The number of people watching Fox’s American Idol reached an all-time low this week, for both its performance and results shows.

Thursday’s episode was watched by 11.03 million viewers and had a 2.7 rating among viewers 18 to 49. Wednesday’s episode had 12.33 million viewers and a 3.2 rating. Survivor, which aired opposite Wednesday’s performance show during the first hour, had 9.43 million viewers and a 2.5 rating. Tuesday’s The Voice had 12.41 million viewers and a 4.1 rating–significantly higher, though it is in a different stage of the competition and airing on a different day.

The New York Times’ analysis says “It is still too early to crown The Voice as the new king of the singing competitions, because in its first outings this season Fox’s Idol scored notably better numbers than the first two episodes of NBC’s The Voice this week.” But it added “that may be the inescapable conclusion by the end of this season” if these trends continue.

Despite the entertainment offered by Nicki Minaj, the show has been pretty boring, especially during its ever-awful results shows. Meanwhile, viewers have already purged the finalists of all white men, and another person with a penis was voted off last night, so perhaps things will pick up when only talented women remain. Or perhaps just no one cares any more.

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.

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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.