Simon Fuller’s American Idol Breaks Reality TV’s Voting Record

May 26, 2011

LONDON, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

– More Than 122 Million Votes are Cast on Last Night’s American Idol

– Idol Finale was Seen by Over 29 Million People

Last night the worldwide reality TV phenomenon, American Idol, smashed
viewing figure records. Created and executively produced by Simon Fuller, the
show received more than 122.4 million votes. This is the highest number of
votes recorded in the history of Idol and marks a new world record for a
reality TV vote. The record came in support of the two Idol finalists, Lauren
and Scotty McCreery, who both put on show stopping performances but it
was Scotty who was later crowned American Idol winner. Casting those votes on
last night’s show were over 29 million viewers, making it the biggest
entertainment show on American TV this year. Simon Fuller, the man behind the
Idol franchise, has pioneered reality TV voting. Commenting on the many
successes American Idol has seen over the last ten years in this month’s
Variety, Fuller notes:

“In television, we defined the term ‘reality competition show,’ pioneered
audience interactivity with our phone and text voting and innovated
sponsorship activity with our unique integrations. Since our first show we
have exceeded all our ratings expectations, and have been the No. 1 show in
America now for seven consecutive years.”

This latest viewing figure for American Idol brings the total number of
votes cast throughout the tenth season to just over 730 million. To put the
success of last night’s Idol into context: 122.4 million is comparable to the
population of Japan (127 million), is ten times more than the amount of
people who voted for David Cameron in last year’s UK general election
(10,726,614) and smashes the total number of worldwide iPhone sales
(108,624,000). Without a doubt, the number one show in America just got a lot

Simon Fuller is one of the most dynamic and influential men in the
entertainment business. Champion creator of the TV shows that define our
generation and sculpt the future of our entertainment industry, Fuller’s XIX
Entertainment has made him the most significant manager of all time. With
fingers in the media, music and sport spheres and with big names like The
Spice Girls, David Beckham, Andy Murray, Annie Lennox and Cathy Dennis in his
arsenal, it’s no wonder iTunes have hailed Simon Fuller as the king of the
digital revolution.

    XIX Entertainment


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