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'Dracula' ratings rise for finale, 'Shark Tank' amazes

NBC’s Dracula ended on a sucky-yet-improved note Friday night.

The ratings-challenged horror-drama delivered only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. That’s actually the best number for the show in at least a month, and Dracula has actually improved its performance for its last couple episodes. The series is considered very on-the-bubble for a return, though NBC does seem committed to figuring out some kind of horror-drama block on Fridays with Grimm serving as the anchor — the promising second season of Hannibal moves into the evening next month.

Meanwhile ABC’s Shark Tank‘s had its best viewership and rating in the show’s history at 9 p.m. Check this out: 8.1  million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adult demo. That’s pretty amazing. This is the show’s fifth season and it’s on Friday night its lead in is The Neighbors (which has a 0.9 rating, so Shark Tank is improving upon its lead in by 144 percent). Everybody talks of Fridays as the night where shows go to die, but Shark Tank proves it’s possible to grow nearly every season on the least-watched weekday.

'Community', 'Shark Tank' stars to guest on 'American Dad' -- EXCLUSIVE

Mr. Burns may have blocked the sun on The Simpsons, but Mark Cuban is taking it one step further on American Dad: He’s planning to blow the thing up. The Shark Tank star/Dallas Mavericks owner will lend his voice to the animated Fox comedy, playing an evil genius named Mark Cuban who’s hell-bent on being the No. 1 force in the universe. The only people that can stop him are Stan, Francine, and four sexy flight attendants with a Charlie’s Angels vibe that are played by Gillian Jacobs (Community), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II), and Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami). READ FULL STORY

'Shark Tank' gets more episodes

The rich are getting richer: ABC has ordered a couple more episodes of Friday night reality success story Shark Tank.

In case you missed it, Shark Tank rose to series-high viewership and demo rating this weekend. ABC made the decision to order two more episodes before those numbers came in since the show was already doing really well, but the news is set to be announced later this morning. The move extends this season’s run from 22 hours (already the most episodes the series has ever produced in one season) to 24.

The order comes as Shark Tank, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is getting ready to move to a slightly better, yet tougher, time period. Starting Nov. 2, ABC’s returning comedy Last Man Standing and new show Malibu Country are going into the 8 p.m. hour on Friday nights, and Shark Tank will shift to 9 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'Shark Tank' jumps to best-ever ratings

A few years ago, I wrote a story urging ABC to renew a freshman reality series called Shark Tank that had miserable ratings its first season and was on-the-bubble for a pickup. I wrote how the show is great, that this format has been a hit all over the world and could work here too if given another chance and a little polishing.

ABC stuck with the program, improved the judges panel (adding Mark Cuban really helped) and now here we are: The little-Shark-that-could has been regularly winning Friday nights this season (its first with a full 22-episode order), and last night night the show reached its biggest rating ever. Shark Tank had 7 million viewers and a 2.0 in the demo, all-time-highs in both total audience and 18-49. ABC faced a whole lot of repeats at 8 p.m., which helped.

After that first year, ABC took the same kind of leap-of-faith investment with Shark Tank that the show’s panelists take with struggling entrepreneurs. Its success proves you can have a business-based reality show that relies on practical and non-sexy concepts like math and entrepreneurial spirit rather than c-list celebrities selling cupcakes on Fifth Avenue and being fired by a pretend-boss (sorry Mark Burnett, I know you produce both, but this is the one to be proud of). READ FULL STORY

'Shark Tank': Mark Cuban talks about friction between the show's 'sharks'

On ABC’s Shark Tank, which returns for season 4 tonight at 8 p.m., five “sharks” compete to make deals with small-business-owning contestants. Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Mark CubanLori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, and Robert Herjavec are all ludicrously successful world-beaters who star in a popular television show and invest big sums in weird inventions without hesitation. So why do they often seem so peeved? Maybe it’s because these hyper-competitive investors don’t always get along. “Trust me, there are times when you just want to reach over and punch Kevin or Lori,” says Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, among other businesses. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing,' 'Bachelor,' and a bigger 'Shark Tank' returning to ABC

ABC is renewing its biggest reality shows. The network has picked up long-running competition series Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, plus slow-growth success story Shark Tank.

The fourth season renewal of Shark Tank is a particularly compelling story. For the first time, Shark Tank is getting a full season of 22 episodes. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan on 'Mad Men'? Plus: The big 'Community' spat and 'Shark Tank' tips

Whoa! What the heck happened to the former Betty Draper (now Betty Francis)? And who knew Megan Draper could sing? Or clean while half-naked? These were a few of the big questions raised after the first few episodes of Mad Men’s 5th season. And now Dan Snierson and I discuss and debate the other pertinent question everyone must ask him- or herself: Team Betty or Team Megan? Megan is looking pretty good right now, and Betty…well, not so good. But which is the best woman for Don (and for viewers)? We tackle that topic and more on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Was January Jones’ fat suit a stroke of genius or just plain distracting? Is Roger on the outs at the firm? And when are we gonna get more Cosgrove? We’ll talk all that and more (including Dan’s somewhat futile attempts to get show creator Matt Weiner to spill the beans on plot details).

Then we turn our attention to the big public Community spat between star Chevy Chase and creator Dan Harmon. Do off-screen shenanigans impact the on-screen enjoyment of the show? What should they do with Pierce if Chevy leaves the program? And who’s the most important character the comedy cannot afford to lose? (The Community portion of the podcast starts at 12:20.)

You think we’re done. But we’re not! Next, Dan and I take a dip in the Shark Tank to talk about all the infuriating things people do while negotiating with the investors. We offer a Public Service Announcement to said knuckleheads and offer up some negotiating rules that should be followed to the letter. (Shark Tank chat begins at 19:15)

To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan? Would you watch Community without Chevy Chase? And what’s your biggest Shark Tank pet peeve? The message boards are open for business!

InsideTV Podcast: Mark Cuban on trying to make people cry on 'Shark Tank,' and his one fear about Jeremy Lin

Image Credit: Michael Ansell/ABC

ABC’s Shark Tank added even more bite with the full-time addition of investor Mark Cuban this season. The outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner is not afraid to pick business battles with entrepreneurs…or the other Sharks. They may not like it, but viewers like myself simply can’t get enough. Now, Cuban brings that same intensity to the InsideTV Podcast as the investor extraordinaire calls in to discuss the ins and outs of the Tank. How many of his deals actually go through when all is said and done? What’s the one deal he regrets not making? What’s one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they try to strike a deal? And whom is he talking about when he says, “I love crushing those people.” It’s Mark Cuban unleashed, as the magnate-turned-owner-turned-TV-star reveals all.

Not only that, but Cuban also weighs in on his former Dallas Mavericks summer-league player Jeremy Lin. Is Lin over-hyped because he plays in New York? And what’s the one thing about the way Lin is playing that has his former boss a bit worried? Listen in and find out! READ FULL STORY

ABC orders more 'Shark Tank' -- EXCLUSIVE

ABC’s is reinvesting in Shark Tank. The network has ordered two additional episodes of the Mark Burnett reality series for this season, raising its count to 15 hours.

Shark Tank has made for a strong addition to Friday nights with an underdog success story that’s not entirely unlike the entrepreneurial efforts touted on the show. After twice squeaking through a renewal, Shark Tank has grown into a formidable competitor in a tough time slot and recently won the night. The show was definitely helped this season by the full-time addition of Dallas Mavericks’ feisty owner Mark Cuban to the panel. The part-time “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner has had an enjoyable turn as well.

The new episodes will be culled from the unused footage shot for this season, but don’t worry — producers did this last year for some additional episodes that were ordered and you couldn’t tell any difference in the content.

'Shark Tank' hits season high, Snooki tweets support

ABC’s Shark Tank received some unlikely support last night from Snooki tweeting to her 4.4 million followers during the show’s East Coast telecast, “Totally into Shark Tank right now.” Hey, it couldn’t hurt, right? And perhaps her love of the business-based reality show isn’t too surprising since the endorsement-crazed Jersey Shore cast has more day-to-day dealing with various moneymaking ventures than most seasoned executives.

Whatever the reason, Shark Tank rose to win Friday night. The show had its best-ever Friday performance, with 5.9 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.

Also last night: Fox’s Fringe wasn’t looking too hot. The cult favorite had 3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the demo, down a tenth from last week to place fourth in the 9 p.m. hour. A show can survive Fridays at a pretty low rating nowadays, but networks still aren’t fond of ranking last in a time slot. NBC’s Grimm (5.2 million, 1.6) was solid. The CW’s Nikita (1.4 million, 0.5) was unchanged and Supernatural (1.9 million, 0.7) was down a tick.

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