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THE AMERICAN WAY

The Wednesday night elimination shows for the fifth season of American Idol will command $705,000 for a 30-second commercial — a seven-percent bump from a year ago and, more significantly, the highest rate in the history of regularly scheduled prime-time series, per the Hollywood Reporter. That's roughly $700 for every slurred word out of Paula's mouth.

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The Wednesday night elimination shows for the fifth season of American Idol will command $705,000 for a 30-second commercial a seven-percent bump from a year ago and, more significantly, the highest rate in the history of regularly scheduled prime-time series, per the Hollywood Reporter. That's roughly $700 for every slurred word out of Paula's mouth.