Apprentice debut’s ratings the lowest ever for Trump’s franchise

Bad news about Martha’s ratings were followed by bad news about Donald Trump’s fourth Apprentice. The debut was watched by 9.9 million viewers, roughly 6 million fewer than watched the third-season debut. At the same time, 30 million people were watching CSI.

That’s a little more than 4 million fewer than watched the second season debut last fall, which is a drop of 37 percent, according to TV Week.

The Hollywood Reporter has a tiny bit of good news for Trump, and it came after 9:30: “viewership did pick up some in its second half-hour (climbing from 9 million viewers at the start to 10.6 million from 9:30-10 p.m.).”

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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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