Survivor Samoa up over Survivor Gabon finale in total viewers, even in 18-49

The conclusion of Survivor Samoa drew more viewers than last December’s finale of Survivor Gabon but the same number of people ages 18 to 49.

CBS said that 14.07 million people watched Russell lose to Natalie; last year, 13.76 million watched the Gabon finale. That’s an increase of about 300,000 total viewers. Last spring, 12.74 million people watched JT win in Survivor Tocantins.

The reunion was watched by 12.18 million people, although eight minutes of the finale aired during that hour.

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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