Dancing with the Stars 5 finale is fall’s second-most watched show

On Tuesday night, 24.88 million people watched Helio Castroneves win Dancing with the Stars 5.

That was “best showing on the night in seven years and clinched the net’s third straight November sweep victory among young adults,” Variety reports. And for the fall, the Dancing “finale is the season’s No. 2 telecast in total viewers, behind only the season [premiere] of CBS’ ‘CSI’ (25.22 million).”

Still, the conclusion didn’t perform as well as it has in the past. “The ‘Dancing’ finale was up 9% in viewership and down 4% in adults 18-49 compared with May while down 9% in viewership and down 10% in adults 18-49 compared with last November’s finale. It was the lowest demo rating in the series’ five cycles,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Dancing’ finale lifts ABC [Variety]
Split decision in 18-49 with ‘Dancing,’ ‘House’ [Hollywood Reporter]

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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