Biggest Loser finale was the series’ highest-rated episode yet

Tuesday’s finale of The Biggest Loser 2 was the most-watched episode of the series yet. 15.9 million viewers tuned in, which is an increase of 12 percent from the first-season finale that aired earlier this year.

That was also NBC’s highest-rated series “in the time period since November 2001,” excluding the Olympics and sporting events, Variety reports.

Media Life Magazine notes that the show’s “6.7 average [among those 18 to 49] was an 86 percent increase over the 3.6 overnight rating the show had averaged through its first 11 episodes this season.” NBC easily beat ABC and CBS.

Big Tuesday for NBC [Variety]
For NBC, welcome winner in its ‘Loser’ [Media Life Magazine]

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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