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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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