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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.