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2006-05-21 10:37:29

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "American Idol," the hit talent show that harnesses the dreams of every wannabe singer with the drama of soap opera, reaches its climax this week after its fifth and most successful season. What started as a fun summer singing show in 2002 has turned into America's most-watched television show and a boon for the struggling recording industry with sales of more than 33 million records for "American Idol" past finalists and runners-up. On...

2006-05-18 12:56:00

By Barry A. Jeckell NEW YORK (Billboard) - With Wednesday's ouster of Elliot Yamin, the field competing for the fifth "American Idol" crown was winnowed to the final two contestants. Grey-haired Taylor Hicks of Birmingham, Ala., and Katherine McPhee of Los Angeles will face off on Tuesday night's final performance episode of the Fox ratings juggernaut. Results of next week's public vote will be revealed during Wednesday's fifth season finale. For the fourth time, both of the final...

2006-04-12 04:04:51

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With the two editions of "American Idol" and "House" ranking as the top three programs last week among adults 18-49, Fox had no problem scoring another weekly victory in the key demographic, while CBS again was the leader in total viewers. Following the Wednesday results show of "Idol," "House" hit series highs with 22.7 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and became the first Fox show to rank as the No. 1...

2006-04-06 01:19:56

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "House" continues to build a strong foundation for Fox after the Tuesday edition of "American Idol," delivering its strongest ratings ever in viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The medical drama averaged 22.6 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/33 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. That is the show's highest not only in the demo but also in total viewers...

2006-04-05 20:24:41

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "House" continues to build a strong foundation for Fox after the Tuesday edition of "American Idol," delivering its strongest ratings ever in viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The medical drama averaged 22.6 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/33 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. That is the show's highest not only in the demo but also in total viewers...

2006-03-31 20:05:02

By Leila Cobo MIAMI (Billboard) - The "American Idol" franchise will go pan-regional for the first time in its history with the launch of "Latin American Idol." The show, set to air this summer, marks the first time the "Idol" brand, which has 33 versions under its belt, leaves the confines of a single country in an effort to find a regional idol. "Latin American Idol" will host auditions in four countries and will be open to contestants from throughout Mexico and Central and South...

2006-03-29 18:26:27

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bubbly "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has signed on for three more years as the counterpoint to brutally honest Simon Cowell on TV's hottest show, the Fox network said on Wednesday. Abdul, a Grammy-winning singer and dancer and the show's lone female judge, has become a fan favorite for her effusive, sometimes fawning praise of show's aspiring stars in the face of bad boy Cowell's punishing critiques. "Paula's warm and nurturing nature is vital to the...

2006-03-27 21:05:24

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Simon Cowell, the brutally honest judge on Fox television's smash hit "American Idol," said on Monday he will open auditions next month for a new TV talent contest he is bringing to rival network NBC. Cowell insists that Fox has nothing to fear from his latest venture, a summer 2006 offering to be called "America's Got Talent," as he has no intention of putting his NBC series on the air in direct competition with "Idol." "That will never...

2006-03-21 21:33:29

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Boosted by a visit from Stevie Wonder, "American Idol" gave Fox the top two shows in both viewers and adults 18-49 for the week ending March 19. Tuesday's "Idol" was the week's top show in viewers (32.8 million) and the coveted demo (13.7 rating/33 share), according to weekly ratings data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Wednesday's half-hour results show averaged 28.1 million viewers and an 11.5/28 -- helping give the demo...

2006-03-15 15:44:42

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox's "American Idol" delivered another monster night in a week that will be capped with an appearance by Stevie Wonder, but CBS also had something to smile about Tuesday with new drama "The Unit." "American Idol" averaged 32.5 million viewers and a 13.5 rating/32 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. "Idol" started strongly, with 28.7 million viewers, but grew to...


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