Contender 2 finale tickets on sale today; 70 percent of its growing audience is 18 to 49

After debuting with what Variety calls “OK” ratings for a cable network, ESPN’s The Contender 2‘s ratings “[have] risen in each of the three subsequent weeks.”

Last Wednesday, 1.88 million viewers watched on Tuesday. “Even more significant,” Variety notes, “1.32 million of that total were people 18 to 49, a gaudy 70%.” Despite that, “ESPN hasn’t yet announced a pickup for a third season.”

Tickets for the Sept. 26 finale fight go on sale tonight at 8 PT (although American Express cardholders can buy already); Ticketmaster lists seats at between $35 and $500.

‘Contender’ packs punch [Variety]

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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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