Rebel Billionaire comes in fifth place.

Rebel Billionaire comes in fifth place.
Rebel billionaires are just no match for Gilmore Girls, apparently. Last Tuesday, 4.85 million viewers watched the first hour of the debut of FOX’s The Rebel Billionaire, which left the series in fifth place, behind The WB’s drama. More tuned in for the second hour–5.32 million viewers–but that still kept it in fourth place overall. Reuters reports that “[w]hile the show built its audience in each half hour, for the evening it averaged a 2.3 rating among adults ages 18 to 49, placing it fifth behind CBS, NBC, ABC and the WB.” This, of course, gave Donald Trump yet another chance to gloat. In his trademark hyperbolic, repetitive way, Trump issued a verbal slap, telling Extra:

Branson’s ratings were terrible, down the tubes…The Apprentice is the hottest show there is. Richard Branson, your ratings speak very loudly, and you just got fired! It would seem hard to believe they could keep him on the air. It’s a big failure. I don’t believe he’s a billionaire. I don’t see how a person can be a billionaire when they own their own airline. I would imagine most of his money is going into his airline to keep it afloat. I wish him a lot of luck in the businesses. But, I can tell you, on television, he’s a total failure.

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.