Shark Tank gets record ratings, two more episodes

ABC’s Shark Tank once faced cancellation over its low ratings, but it had its highest ratings yet on Friday, increasing its audience of young, 18-49-year-old people 11 percent compared to the previous week. And now ABC has given the show two additional episodes, for a total of 24 this season.

In its press release, ABC also notes that the show is number-one in its time period for the second season and a row, having increased its audience 13 percent among all viewers and 17 percent among adults 18 to 49.

More importantly, despite embarrassingly bad product placement, the show is creatively stronger than ever, with all six sharks active in engaging entrepreneurs and each other.

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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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.