Next Great American Band watched by only 3.6 million viewers

The two-hour premiere of The Next Great American Band, which seemed set up to fail, is officially not the next American Idol.

The show debuted with just 3.6 million viewers, which Variety reports is “no worse than the net had been faring on the night with entertainment programming this fall.” And it’s better than FOX’s On the Lot‘s low ratings, and the network stuck with that show through its end. And the show did “[grow] with each half-hour.” Still, FOX came in second to The CW, which aired wrestling.

Assuming FOX doesn’t cancel it, The Next Great American Band is currently scheduled to conclude Dec. 21.

‘Viva Laughlin’ bet doesn’t pay off [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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.