Big Brother 11 ratings increase

Big Brother 11‘s ratings are increasing after losing viewers earlier this season, although it was gaining 18- to 34-year-olds.

Ronnie’s eviction drew more viewers. Week to week, the live eviction show increased 10 percent among viewers 18 to 49, and was up four percent in viewers, with 240,000 more people watching. That makes it this season’s “best Thursday delivery in viewers and ties its best Thursday delivery in adults 18-49,” CBS said in a press release. On Tuesday, when all five broadcast networks aired a reality show at 9, 7.09 million people watched, while 7.18 million watched Sunday.

The series “was the only original program to make much ratings noise on Sunday, Variety reported, noting that the show was “up slightly from the previous week and taking advantage of a stronger lead-in from ’60 Minutes.'”

“Big Brother” Hits New Thursday High… [CBS press release]
‘Brother’ stands out in slow ratings race [Variety]

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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