Amazing Race 13 finale ratings up

The conclusion of The Amazing Race 13, which concluded with Nick and Starr Spangler’s win, had more viewers than last season’s late-January conclusion.

CBS says that 10.57 million viewers watched, which is an increase of 8 percent over season 12’s 9.79 million.

Still, the last time the show concluded in December, it was watched by significantly more viewers: 12.9 million watched James and Tyler win The Amazing Race 10.

In other race news, as part of a mostly boring exit interview with Reality TV World, Nick and Starr said that Ken and Tina didn’t lose by much (“like 11 minutes, something like that. It was really close,” Starr said), but frat boys Dan and Andrew were extremely far behind, “[a]bout an hour-and-a-half after,” the winners said.

The Finale of “The Amazing Race 13″ Outruns “Race 12″ [CBS press release]
Exclusive: Nick and Starr Spangler dish about their ‘The Amazing Race’ win [Reality TV World]

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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