Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.

Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.
In the epic showdown of drama versus reality, Survivor Vanuatu lost. And won. So everyone wins. But of course, we’re prepared for an onslaught of reality is dead stories. Broadcasting and Cable’s particularly schizophrenic report is titled “Survivor Beats Housewives,” but in its fourth paragraph, says, “Desperate Housewives won its time period and was the highest-rated show on the night with a 9.3/20 to a 7.9/17 for the final hour of the Survivor finale (the 10-11 Survivor was a reunion show). But ABC’s other shows were not strong enough to woo viewers carrying a torch for CBS.” During its hour, Desperate Housewives was watched by 22.2 million viewers, while Survivor Vanuatu had “19.7 million viewers overall,” according to Variety. That’s slightly up from an average this season of 19.6 million. The reunion was watched by 16.2 million.

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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