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American Idol Returns to Fox for Another Season

By ashley.woods4     Jan 16, 2008 in Entertainment
American Idol has returned to Fox for the seventh season and continues as the nation's most popular television series. However, they experienced 4 million fewer viewers with this premier as the 2007 premier.
Nielsen Media Research estimated American Idol received 33.2 million viewers which is down 11 percent from the 37.4 million who watched the first show.
However, the rankings still leave it as the most watched series of the television season. American Idol is so popular that more people are watching Fox during the two hour premier than the combined audiences for ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW!
Ratings will continue to be watched closely for signs of further decline since there was also a decline in viewers from 2006 to 2007.
If you watched the season premier last night you might have been quite surprised by the judges remarks to those that didn't do so well. The judges were quite nice; more nice than in the past!
It is said that producers criticized the judges last year for their meanness during the audition rounds. It looks like they were told to shape up and consider the feelings of those auditioning.
Last night will also go down in history for the creepiest performance ever seen on the show. Paul Marturano sang a stalker song to Paula. This was obviously set up because he would have been escorted out just after the first few lines of the song or once he approached the table of judges. Nonetheless, it was hilarious and quite entertaining.
Tonight Fox will air another two-hour episode of the auditions in Dallas at 7:00 central time.
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