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2006-03-08 21:01:26

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gung-ho CBS commando drama "The Unit" blasted ABC's quirky family comedy "Sons & Daughters" in a closely watched ratings battle between two new high-profile U.S. television shows that debuted on Tuesday. But a grumpy doctor named "House" and the amateur singers of "American Idol" on the Fox network beat them both in what has become one of this season's most competitive nights of prime time, Nielsen Media Research reported on Wednesday....

2006-03-08 20:42:53

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gung-ho CBS commando drama "The Unit" blasted ABC's quirky family comedy "Sons & Daughters" in a closely watched ratings battle between two new high-profile U.S. television shows that debuted on Tuesday. But a grumpy doctor named "House" and the amateur singers of "American Idol" on the Fox network beat them both in what has become one of this season's most competitive nights of prime time, Nielsen Media Research reported on Wednesday....

2006-03-03 17:07:48

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "American Idol" plus "Survivor: Panama" equals 42 million-plus viewers flocking to broadcast TV in the 8 p.m. time slot Thursday. The presence of "Idol" on Thursday put a dent in the turnout for "Survivor" for sure, but not by all that much. "Idol" raked in 26.2 million viewers and 10.8 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. "Survivor" (16.3 million,...

2006-03-01 20:59:20

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Powered by another "American Idol," Fox ran away with Tuesday's primetime ratings race, spoiling the premiere of "The Amazing Race" and the second of the five-night run of "Deal or No Deal." "Idol" averaged 29.7 million viewers and did a 12.3 rating/30 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The hour-and-a-half show started strongly -- 26.3 million viewers -- and...

2006-02-23 19:48:45

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Simon Cowell and his musical friends crushed the Winter Olympics again Wednesday, doubling the Turin games in total viewers and tripling them in adults 18-49. The two-hour "American Idol" averaged 31.4 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/32 share in the adults 18-49 demographic on Wednesday night's network primetime, according to preliminary data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The "Idol" audience grew throughout, averaging...

2006-02-09 00:49:49

By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kelly Clarkson beat a few superstars -- Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney -- to become the first contestant from "American Idol" to win Grammy awards on Wednesday, but she forgot to thank the wildly popular TV talent show that made her famous. Clarkson thanked Jesus, God, the radio, her fans and her mother when she picked up Grammys for best pop vocal album and for best female pop vocal performance, but in two speeches she omitted...

2006-02-02 19:44:21

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Wednesday night belonged to Fox and "American Idol" once again. The 8 p.m. edition of "Idol" lured 30.2 million viewers and 12.4 rating/32 share in the adults 18-49 demographic on a night that had its share of repeats on the competing networks. The only program that came anywhere close to delivering even half of "Idol's" audience was CBS' 10 p.m. drama "CSI: NY" (16.2 million, 5.3/14). ABC's big Kahuna "Lost" (9.3 million,...

2006-02-01 14:02:10

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Another monster viewer turnout for Fox's "American Idol" delivered a decisive weekly victory for the network in the key adults 18-49 demographic, but CBS sneaked past Fox for the glory in total viewers. CBS' highlights of the week ended January 29 included a solid start for the Monday 9:30 p.m. premiere of the Jenna Elfman comedy "Courting Alex." The Tuesday and Wednesday editions of "Idol" easily topped the weekly program...

2006-01-18 19:58:18

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One day after "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell slammed Kelly Clarkson for refusing to let the TV talent contest that launched her career use her hits, a spokesman for the pop star denied there was ever a dispute over song rights. "Kelly Clarkson was happy to hear her song, 'Since U Been Gone,' on American Idol last night and as far as she's concerned there is no conflict between her and the TV show," her publicist, Roger Widynowski, said....

2006-01-04 03:56:05

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - E! Entertainment Television said Tuesday that it has finalized its multiyear deal with Ryan Seacrest under which the "American Idol" host and radio personality will become a key network player both on- and offscreen. Under the terms of the deal, Seacrest will become lead anchor along with Giuliana DePandi of the cable network's "E! News" in March and also will serve as managing editor of the daily news program. Seacrest also will develop and produce...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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