Survivor is “more dominant” on Thursdays despite lower ratings

Survivor is being watched by fewer people than tuned in a year ago, but the show “has actually become more dominant in Thursday’s leadoff hour as NBC’s comedies and Fox’s ‘The OC’ have declined,” Variety reports.

With 18.98 million viewers, last Thursday’s episode–when Bobby Jon bit it–was the highest rated episode this season. That’s more than 10 million viewers over NBC’s “Joey” and “Will & Grace,” and more than 13 million more than watched “The OC.”

The high numbers helped CBS earn another sweeps month victory on Thursday night; CSI’s strong ratings didn’t hurt, either.

‘Survivor’ thriving [Variety]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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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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