Sheree’s fight makes Atlanta Housewives’ debut the franchise’s highest-rated ever

America can’t get enough of Bravo’s batshit crazy housewives on its Real Housewives franchise. Thursday’s debut of the second season of the Atlanta installment was “the highest rated series premiere in “Real Housewives” franchise history” and “the highest rated Thursday in primetime in network history,” according to a Bravo press release.

Compared to its first season premiere, it had “a 289 percent increase among adults 18-49″ … and a 305 percent increase among total viewers,” Bravo said. The network added together viewers from the 10 p.m. debut and 11 p.m. repeat to say that 3.98 million watched, 2.65 million of whom were 18 to 49.

What drew viewers? A lot of craziness, which is recapped in-depth by B-Side, but all you really need to see is this scene with Sheree Whitfield confronting her party planner Anthony, who starts off with enough craziness that it could be an audition to get himself a permanent role on the show:

Bam! Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta… [Bravo press release]
REAL HOUSEWIVES PHOTOCAP: How You Gonna Have Some Poetry With No Poet? [B-Side Blog]

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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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.