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 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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