As if you did not have enough reasons to love “Shark Tank,” here’s another one for you: ABC has just pushed the order of one of TV’s best reality shows up to 24 episodes.
Within this announcement, it’s pretty easy to figure out why the network would want two more episodes to what was already the show’s largest order ever in 22: the ratings are sensational. “Shark Tank” became the first regularly-scheduled show in over six months to post a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic last Friday, and it routinely has been winning its 8:00 p.m. timeslot in the demo that is so important to advertisements. (This is all about money, something Kevin O’Leary and the sharks know very much about.)
If there is one major beef that we have with the show moving forward, it’s this: for whatever reason, ABC has decided to move the show to 9:00 beginning on November 2 in order to air their programs “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” at that time. Why try to fix what isn’t broken? Sure, you could argue that these “family shows” will benefit more from being in an earlier timeslot, but we would argue that it is better to leave “Shark Tank” where it is and let these two shows try and get some assistance from the lead-in. After all, putting “Shark Tank” against Friday’s other top show in “Grimm” may force some viewers to make a choice that they don’t really need to make. (Plus, “Shark Tank” is an easy show to DVR over something else. Just saying.)
Are you happy for a little bit more of the tank, and what do you think about ABC’s surprising decision to shift the show to a later timeslot?