Anna Nicole’s show top E! show; American Idol 8th; Mole 2 climbs.

Anna Nicole’s show top E! show; American Idol 8th; Mole 2 climbs.
Despite horrible reviews, E! is probably very happy with The Anna Nicole Show, because it debuted with 4 million viewers, making it the network’s highest rated series ever and “the top debut for a reality show on basic cable,” according to Reuters. FOX’s American Idol is also doing well, coming in this week eighth in the ratings for last Tuesday’s episode, which was watched by more than 12 million viewers. Despite being opposite that show, The Mole 2 did extremely well, coming in second during its hour with its largest audience yet, 8.19 million viewers. (See below for word about The Mole 3.) Finally, Big Brother 3 landed in 15th place last week.

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.