11:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Renews 'The Bachelor,' 'Shark Tank' and 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
ABC has renewed three more reality series for the 2014-15 season. After a green light for more Dancing With the Stars on Friday morning, the network has confirmed orders for new cycles of Shark Tank, The Bachelor and America's Funniest Home Videos.
This marks the first year of unscripted renewals since former reality chief John Saade was replaced by Lisa Berger.
Shark Tank's third consecutive season of significant growth saw it ascend to the No. 2 slot on the ABC reality roster, shy of only The Bachelor in the key demo. It also remains a boon to Friday nights,where it remains the top-rated show across all of broadcast television -- with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49.
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The network is so keen on Shark Tank, now entering its sixth season, that it could potentially find a more visible time slot next year. ABC recently tested it in its very troubled Thursday 8 p.m. hour to solid results.
And there is no end in sight for The Bachelor franchise. On the heels of the coming season of The Bachelorette, there will be another summer spinoff (Bachelor in Paradise, not too unlike Bachelor Pad). All this comes after another robust season for the Warner Horizon TV-produced parent series. The latest Bachelor, featuring that playboy Juan Pablo Galavis, averaged a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers.
America's Funniest Home Videos has already confirmed that next season will be the last for host Tom Bergeron -- but don't count on it being the final one for the decades-old clip show. This latest go is averaging a 1.4 rating in the demo -- solid for Sunday night at 7 p.m. and enviable considering how cheap it is to produce.
Not yet renewed on the ABC unscripted portfolio is The Taste.