ABC Chief Offers a Reason for ‘Shark Tank’s’ Softer Ratings: Blame It on a Certain Cable News Net

Jan 11, 2017  •  Post A Comment

In a wide-ranging interview with Entertainment Weekly, ABC chief Channing Dungey slipped in a possible explanation for why ratings have softened for the reality competition “Shark Tank.”

Asked whether the lower ratings might be related to having too many “sharks” on the show, Dungey said: “I don’t know that six sharks is too much and I think right now as we move into midseason, we’re going to be counting down to the $100 million mark in terms of the money that the sharks have given away and that’s really exciting. We’re working on building toward that as a very big episode for us.”

Then she suggested the show may be overexposed. Said Dungey: “There’s a lot of ‘Shark Tank’ in the universe right now because it’s airing on our network and we now have the older episodes airing on CNBC. When there’s a lot of one particular product in the marketplace, things soften a little bit.”

Dungey also talked about the delayed return of “Scandal,” the future of “Once Upon a Time,” a rumored “Star Wars” project and a variety of other subjects. We encourage readers to click on the link above to EW to read the full interview.

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  1. CNBC is airing Shark Tank back-to-back episodes, twice each weeknight. Some evenings also have four or five back-to-back episodes. Who can watch 20+ episodes of Shark Tankeach week?

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