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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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