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.”

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.