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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.