Growing Up Gotti gives A&E its best new series debut ever; new episodes ordered.

Growing Up Gotti gives A&E its best new series debut ever; new episodes ordered.
In its 20 years on television, A&E hasn’t had a show debut with ratings like those for Growing Up Gotti, which kicked off Monday. A grand total of “[a]bout 3.2 million viewers tuned in, making it A&E’s biggest series debut in its 20 year history,” Broadcasting and Cable points out. Additionally, “Among A&E’s core adult demo targets, 2 million adults 25-54 tuned in and 1.8 million adults 18-49″–and that 18-49 number was also a record. A&E has asked producers for five additional half-hour episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, adding to the 20 episodes already set to air. Variety’s account differs slightly, as that paper claims A&E asked for “an additional seven episodes of the skein, bringing the total first-season order to 20 segs.”

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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