Dancing 2 finale crushes the Olympics closing ceremonies, beats 20 other reality finales

Despite the fact that it was obvious that Drew would win Dancing with the Stars 2 as soon as Stacy was revealed to have come in third place, audiences stuck around, and the show easily beat the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

An average of 27.1 million viewers watched the two-hour finale, and that was “larger than that of any other reality show finale (excepting Fox’s ‘American Idol’) in nearly two years,” according to Variety.

Among those 18 to 49, the show saw “a 28% rise from last summer’s first-season finale,” and Variety says it also pulled larger 18 to 49 audiences than — get this — “the last three finales of both CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s The Apprentice as well as the last six editions of ABC’s The Bachelor and all eight finales to date of CBS’ Amazing Race.”

Basically, besides Idol, it’s the new undisputed reality TV champion.

‘Stars’ waltzes to win [Variety]

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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