Bachelorette beats West Wing; ABC “pleased” with Mole’s second place.

Bachelorette beats West Wing; ABC “pleased” with Mole’s second place.
The debut of ABC’s The Bachelorette Wednesday beat NBC’s The West Wing by 3.4 million viewers. With a total of 17.4 million viewers, it easily won its time slot. The show that followed it, Celebrity Mole Hawaii, lost about more than 6 million of those viewers, but averaged 10.7 million viewers and came in second in its hour. Still, “ABC is pleased with the show’s performance; it held up much better against NBC powerhouse ‘Law & Order’ than the cancelled ‘MDs’ ever did,” reports. Together, ABC’s Wednesday reality TV shows “scored solid ratings, both overall and in the advertiser-friendly demographic groups of adults 18-49 and 18-34.”

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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