On the Lot stopped losing viewers, stabilizing with 2.3 million

Before CBS cancelled Pirate Master, its last episode drew 4.4 million viewers, the Washington Post reported, but FOX’s On the Lot is still on the air despite having about half that many viewers.

Still, there is some moderately good news for FOX’s series. Tuesday’s episode, during which we learned Penny Marshall is even more annoying and obnoxious than her brother Garry, drew 2.3 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That’s the exact same number of people who watched last week, as THR reported, and the exact same number that watched one month earlier, on June 26. In other words, the show stopped losing viewers.

While the format remains as dull as ever, and the host as annoying as ever, the films have actually gotten somewhat better. Fast-forwarding through all of Adriana Costa’s hosting, and through the package that precedes each film and spoils its plot and twists (thanks, dumbass producers), makes the show pretty watchable. All that’s left are some often-compelling and creative shorts, plus the judges’ comments.

Meanwhile, Adriana told her hometown newspaper The Acorn, “We are so proud of it. It’s such an unbelievable show.” At least she got one thing right: It is unbelievable that Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg produced and then let you host this turd of a show.

CBS Captures Top Spot Despite Mangy ‘Pirate’ [Washington Post]
Viewers flock to NBC’s ‘Talent,’ ‘Bee’ and Fox wins week in demo; CBS tops in viewers [Hollywood Reporter]
Hostess of Fox TV’s ‘On the Lot’ on the lookout for new film talent [The Acorn]

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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