Oprah’s Big Give had the third biggest debut this TV season

Despite scathing reviews, Oprah Winfrey’s first reality show, Oprah’s Big Give, debuted to huge ratings Sunday night.

It was watched by an average of 15.6 million viewers, beating its feel-good lead-in, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which was watched by 14.8 million people.

That’s the “third-most-watched freshman series debut this season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. And the episode “will rank among the top five new series debuts this season in adults 18-49 and total viewers,” Media Life reports.

There may be trouble for the series, however. It “did fall off from its first to its second half hour, … slipping from 16.3 million total viewers to 14.8 million,” according to Media Life.

ABC’s ‘Big Give’ gets big love in Sun. debut [Hollywood Reporter]
‘Oprah’s Big Give’ gives back big time [Media Life]

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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