Gordon Ramsay’s new show does well, while Tony Robbins fails to inspire

Fox’s new Gordon Ramsay-fronted cooking competition MasterChef drew younger viewers, more than America’s Got Talent, but the weak new NBC series Breakthrough with Tony Robbins failed to draw any viewers.

MasterChef had 5.75 million viewers overall, and thus was beaten by Wipeout, America’s Got Talent, and NCIS: Los Angeles, but among viewers 18 to 49, it placed first at 9 p.m.

Breakthrough with Tony Robbins came in fourth place, drawing just 3.13 million viewers, beating only a One Tree Hill repeat.

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.