January 15, 2009

More than 30M watched ‘Idol’ premiere

More than 30 million viewers tuned in for the Season 8 premiere of American Idol this week, said the U.S. singing competition show's creators.

Tuesday night's program was the highest-rated telecast and night of the 2008-09 television season, added CKX, Inc. and 19 Entertainment Ltd.

The show was created by 19 Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc., and is co-produced by 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia Ltd.

We are thrilled with 'American Idol's' continued dominance of the television landscape, Robert F.X. Sillerman, the chairman and chief executive officer of CKX, said in a statement Wednesday. The outstanding performance of this season's premiere episode, with more than 30 million viewers, demonstrates the true level to which this program continues to captivate and excite the television and music audiences.