Biggest Loser ratings increase as Mark and Roger’s fate is left to viewer’s votes

On Tuesday, The Biggest Loser moved much closer to having its first female winner in five years. Although the boys banded together, it came down to two women and two men, and this week, the women dominated at the weigh-in. That leaves Ali and Kelly in the final two, and Roger and Mark below the yellow line.

They learned that viewers will vote to see which one will be the third finalist, a twist the trainers do not like. (Voting at nbc.com closes today at 10 p.m. ET.) We’ll find out in the first five minutes of next week’s finale who is in the finals, and whether or not Mark’s dickish behavior has been outweighed by his more recent displays of emotion.

The penultimate episode saw increased ratings–and its second hour defeated both Dancing with the Stars and Big Brother among viewers ages 18 to 49. During the first hour, 7.8 million viewers watched, while 10.2 million viewers watched the second hour, which was mostly filled with weepy retrospectives. That’s an increase of 900,000 viewers from last week, when 9.3 million watched the second hour, Variety reports.

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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.