Survivor’s streak of Thursday ratings wins ends

Survivor has consistently won its Thursday night at 8 p.m. timeslot for years, but that streak ended last night even though the show picked up viewers from its season debut.

Flash Forward, the weakly written new ABC series that’s a half-assed version of Lost that I seriously thought was going to be revealed to be a big prank when Seth MacFarlane showed up in a completely serious role, had 12.41 million viewers. Survivor Samoa had 11.87, up slightly from last week’s series low ratings. FlashForward also won among 18- to 49-year-olds, getting a 4.1 rating versus Survivor‘s 3.7, according to TV By the Numbers.

I’m not exactly sure how far back the streak goes–TV By the Numbers calls it “the first time in an eternity” that the CBS show has lost–but this 2008 Survivor Micronesia press release says that “[o]pposite regularly scheduled programming, SURVIVOR has been Number One in viewers in the Thursday, 8:00-9:00 PM time period in every broadcast since February 2003 (‘Survivor: Amazon’) and first in adults 18-49 since September 2004 (‘Survivor: Vanuatu’).”

FlashForward flashes brightly, Grey’s annihilates CSI, The Mentalist [TV By the Numbers]

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.