Whale Wars season three finale was Animal Planet’s most-watched episode ever

Whale Wars awesome two-hour finale on Friday, during which Pete Bethune snuck aboard the Shonan Maru #2 and surprised its crew while the helicopter–and the show’s camera’s–watched, was the highest rated regular telecast ever for Animal Planet among key demographics.

The network said in a press release that it was number-one at 10 p.m. among people ages 18 to 49, 25 to 54, and men 25 to 54, and the episode was “Animal Planet’s most-watched regularly airing telecast ever among P18-49 and P25-54.”

Overall, 1.33 million people over the age of two watched, and 853,000 stuck around for Blood Dolphins‘ debut. This season was more popular than last, with 29 percent more viewers tuning in on average, with similar increases among people 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

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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