Shark Tank: ABC Show Not Cancelled, Coming Back for More Episodes

Shark Tank renewedThough ABC’s reality series Shark Tank hasn’t been doing big business in the ratings, the network is apparently happy enough with the ratings to want additional installments.

Each episode of Shark Tank spotlights entrepreneurs and inventors who are looking for capitol to help fuel their dreams. They pitch their ideas to successful business people Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin Harrington, and Daymond John, otherwise known as “the Sharks.” If they’re interested, the Sharks offer to invest their own money but typically want a bigger piece of the pie than the inventor has in mind.

The series is based on a UK program called Dragons’ Den and the first of 10 episodes premiered on ABC on August 9th. The ratings weren’t anything to crow about during the summer and were expected to drop even lower opposite new fall programming. Surprisingly, the numbers have actually started to rise in the past few weeks. Though they’re still quite low, would that be enough for the network to invest in more episodes?

A couple days ago, Harrington encouraged fans to ask ABC to keep the show going. After wondering what she’d do on Tuesday nights now that the show was off the air, Corcoran wrote that a second season was still under consideration by the network.

While ABC has yet to make an official announcement, two of the Sharks themselves spilled the info this weekend. Herjavec broke the news late yesterday and wrote, “Great news – ABC has ordered more episodes of Shark Tank !!!! No air date yet – but it’s coming.”

TV show supportJohn confirmed the news but cautioned that it was not a full season pickup. He wrote, “great news! but 5 [more episodes] is not a full season, we have to turn it up 4 them to make it a full season.” He later said that he didn’t know the airdate either and suggested they wouldn’t air at least until 2010.

UPDATE: ABC later clarified that two additional episodes would be created out of existing footage. They will be combined with three leftover installments and will be aired at a later date. There’s still no decision on a second season.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Shark Tank is coming back, at least for a little while?

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  1. Anonymous says

    Everywhere we turn we are being told that the recession has created the best timing on starting a business. THERE ARE NO SHOWS that cater to the entreprenurial market. The Big IDea, America’s Next Great Inventor… and then Shark Tank. That’s all we have. Although I understand the importance of ratings, but I say “to hell with the ratings”. If either through the show’s participants or audience- it can prompt ONE incredible new start up… why in the world would anyone want to stifle that??!?!?
    Keep the show ON. What more is there really that needs to be said?

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  3. vijay says

    I have learned sooo much from Shark Tank. It is very valuable for young aspiring entrepreneurs like myself. please come back! we want MORE!!!!!

  4. seldom says

    i think shark tank is one of the best shows they have to offer their viewers! i want to go on the show to pitch my idea witch is to invent a device that can make someone on the other side of the world be able to talk to another person instantly! U can actually call a friend and speak with them even if they live thousands of miles away from you! I dont have a name for this device yet but it will come to me soon!

  5. eden says

    Please continue this show. I am an aspiring entrepreneur and was hoping to pitch to the sharks one day. I have recorded most episodes. I love it, please bring back the sharks! Thanks.

  6. dean adam says

    Just discovered this show a short time ago. Very interesting. Maybe would appeal to the public more if presented more like a reality show.

    I would love to be able to pitch a concept to the sharks, about creating a very unique land buying company for oil and gas mineral rights, supported by tons of insider information.

  7. lisa says

    Please continue the Shark Tank show, it is ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON TELEVISION TODAY.

    Thank you.

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