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How have viewers responded to the tumult in TV so far in 2011? Here's what the Nielsen ratings tell us.
With the show going in to its 10th season, without Simon Cowell, industry insiders thought Idol could crash and burn. It hasn't happened. Through February 16, the show has averaged 25.2 million total viewers, down only 9 percent. "We feel it's a victory," says Fox executive vice president Preston Beckman, who credits the performance of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. "We succeeded in reinventing the panel," he adds.
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The more things change, the more they sound the same. And so it was as American Idol returned this week — with shiny new judges, a flashy new opening, but the formula pretty much intact from before. (Delusional tone-deaf losers? Check. Precocious talents? Check. Inspirational sob stories? Name that tune, repeatedly.) One essential ingredient is, of course, missing: the curmudgeonly and biting snark, but also the tang of weary boredom, that was the hallmark of Simon Cowell. In his place, two charismatic supernovas who represent flip sides of the Paula coin: the ditsy loose cannon (an electrifying Steven Tyler) who blurts things like "I think you got the what-is-it-ness" when he's not leering at a parade of nubile Disney Channel refugees or drumming along to the groove of the better talents; and the beatific cheerleader (a luminous Jennifer Lopez) who's quick with the goosebumps and moist eyes and hates to say no. "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits," says J-Lo, who goes on to protest too much: "This is awful. I hate this! Why did I sign up for this?"
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The premiere of NBC's Harry's Law showed it has appeal, ruling the last hour of prime time with 11 million viewers.
Piers Morgan has a growing list of people he doesn't want on his new show.
The host of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, which debuted Monday, calls his fellow America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel irritating, and tells Entertainment Weekly that "he has a chance to redeem himself on Season 6" of the reality competition show. "I don't hold out any hope," he adds.
Howard Stern says that Jay Leno is a "crook."
In an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, the shock jock calls the NBC late-night host "insane" and accuses him of stealing sketch ideas.
One show down. A mere 25 years to go. That's if Piers Morgan is going to last as long as the guy he's replacing on ratings-challenged CNN — Larry King.
The British host, best known in the U.S. as a judge on America's Got Talent, will now be judged. Apparently, he hopes the judges will be as kind as they were with his predecessor and first guest, Oprah Winfrey, someone else with a quarter-century endurance record on television.
Piers Morgan on the banning of Madonna, butt-kicking of CNN
The host of Piers Morgan Tonight (weeknights at 9/8c) has gone on record with his disdain for an eminence grise like Madonna — clearly trying to show his outrageousness. Maybe he doesn't know America so well: These days, that'll make you more a face in the crowd than a distinctive persona.
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The American adaptation of this provocative teen drama from across the pond makes its highly anticipated U.S. debut, and while the series, known for its frank depictions of teen sex and substance abuse, has been toned down for American audiences, the racy — and occasionally raunchy — premiere tells us that it will no doubt continually push the boundaries of basic cable. — Karen Kelty
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