Record ratings for Top Chef Masters debut

Despite having a new host and judges and a one-off episode format for the first six episodes, Top Chef Masters drew a record audience to Bravo.

Its 1.37 million viewers represent “the highest rated Wednesday series premiere ever for the network in all key demos in the 10 p.m. time period” and a 96 percent increase over the show’s very first season, according to a Bravo press release. In addition, 907,000 people ages 18 to 49 watched. The 11 p.m. repeat brought another 636,000 viewers. 18-49.

The debut also drew people online: Bravo says its web site had “its highest page views for a series premiere in nearly three years with 276,000 hits in its premiere day.” Andy Cohen is probably peeing in his BravoTV.com boxers.

Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” Highest-Rated Wednesday 10 PM… [Bravo press release]

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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