Dancing with the Stars has its best debut yet

The debut of Dancing with the Stars 4 was the show’s highest-rated debut yet, as 21.8 million people watched. Variety notes that “ABC has not been as potent since “Dancing” ended its most recent season in November. Now, though, the net appears headed for a strong finish to the season.”

By comparison, about 20 million people tuned in for the first episode last fall, while the second season debut was watched by 17.46 million viewers.

Amusingly, Variety’s report makes sure to note that these higher ratings were “[d]espite … bowing at the start of daylight-saving time — when overall viewing levels drop off.” (Variety also ran a full story about how that affected last week’s ratings.) Or maybe all of this daylight savings time stuff is just an excuse for television so mediocre that it can’t compete with some dwindling sunlight?

‘Dancing’ a dynamo for ABC [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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