American Gladiators, How to Look Good Naked draw big numbers for their debuts

American Gladiators scored well for NBC during its two-episode debut on Sunday night, drawing 12 million viewers. That’s “the highest 18-49 rating for any new-show premiere on any network this season, and NBC’s top 18-49 rating for a new-show debut since ‘Heroes,'” according to the network.

Variety reports that the series “grew from its first half-hour (5.5 rating in the 18-49 demo) to its final half-hour (6.1). And while it was especially strong among men (6.9 rating in 18-49); it also did a 4.9 among women.”

Meanwhile, another new show set a record with its debut. Carson Kressley’s How to Look Good Naked debuted on Lifetime Friday night, and became the highest-rated unscripted series debut in Lifetime’s history. Overall, 1.6 million people watched, while 868,000 of those were age 18 to 49 and 449,000 were 18 to 34, Variety reports.

‘American Gladiators’ is the Highest-Rated New-Show Premiere of the Season… [NBC press release]
‘Gladiators,’ NFL score big and ‘Naked’ premieres strong [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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