Survivor beats American Idol for the first time

American Idol was beaten by Survivor Wednesday night, the first time ever that’s happened.

The CBS reality competition’s 9.86 million viewers and 2.5 rating among adults 18 to 49 was bigger than Idol‘s 2.4 rating when the two shows went head-to-head–although the Fox series had 10.27 million viewers over its two hours.

In a press release, CBS notes that there were delays and/or preemptions in a small number of homes that could affect final ratings, but said “Survivor posted growth for the second straight week, sweeping its time period in viewers and key demographics while topping American Idol in the common hour for the first time.”

There’s also been an increase week-to-week of 3 percent in viewers and 4 percent among adults 18 to 49. After all, idiocy is entertaining.

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.