Top Model has its lowest debut since cycle 3 while Big Brother loses more viewers

Against American Idol, two relatively stable reality shows saw low ratings.

Tyra Banks and company were watched by 3.8 million viewers overall, which Variety reports is “its lowest debut scores since its third edition.” However, it “still placed second in its hour among adults 18-34.”

In the case of Big Brother 9, the live eviction episode was watched by 5.2 million viewers, a loss of 200,000 viewers from Tuesday night’s episode. That Tuesday episode was the lowest weekday rating ever for the show, which means Wednesday’s now has that title.

Both were easily beaten by Wife Swap, which had 5.6 million viewers, and Deal or No Deal, which was watched by 8.9 million. Perhaps most interestingly, among viewers ages 18-49, Tyra and Julie had identical ratings, a 1.9/5.

Audiences continue ‘Idol’ worship [Variety]

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Verlox from The Quest

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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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