TV executives must have been happy to put a fork in the 2012-13 season. Ratings dropped across the board for broadcast networks due to fading reality franchises and the failure to launch any major new scripted hits. Cable also slumped, with audience levels flat compared with the previous season. And with the number of viewers who time-shift growing, the path to success is more treacherous than ever. Here are the shows that navigated the bumps — and the ones that became ratings road kill.
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Man, Shark Tank is so good — it stinks to see it leave for summer vacay. Fortunately, the ABC reality show about aspiring entrepreneurs will air two episodes back-to-back beginning at 8/7c on Friday, during which Mark Cuban will have a big confrontation with fellow Shark Kevin O'Leary.
The Sharks have never met an inventor like this. Phineas and Ferb's bumbling villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz will appear next month on the season finale of ABC's Shark Tank, offering the show's tycoons a chance to invest in his latest evil invention.
Fans of the animated Disney Channel hit Phineas and Ferb know, of course, that Dr. Doofenshmirtz's nefarious "inator" creations, generally inspired by his desire to control the greater "tri-state area," usually wind up self-destructing.
American workers haven't had it easy these days, as they deal with high unemployment rates and home foreclosures. What better way for them to escape their economic woes than to watch a reality show where the stars are a bunch of one-percenters?
That's why they're tuning in to ABC's Shark Tank, which has quietly grown into a hit with close to 7 million viewers each week. The show...
Ever regret bringing your big winter coat to a bar? Have you lost your coat check ticket and couldn't retrieve your belongings? These are problems that one of many new Shark Tank competitors is looking to solve with his company on the new season of the ABC series.