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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.