‘American Idol’ Premiere Highlights On ‘Morning Joe’

Courtney Hazlett appeared on ‘Morning Joe’ on Wednesday (January 16) with the vacation from ‘’ being over. As for those predicting the show’s demise, Hazlett suggested this won’t be the year despite a slight decrease in ratings last season. “Given the fact that it really wasn’t that bad last year in terms of ratings and you throw a writers’ strike into it, this is pretty much one of the only options during the week, and I thing everybody is doing to get even more sucked in than they did in the past.” Watch the segment below.

‘American Idol’ Premiere Lowest Rated In Four Years

January 16, 2008 – TV Week reports that Tuesday night’s premiere of ‘American Idol’ season seven received a 13.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen data. That figure is the poorest opening in four years for the show, down 13% from last year’s 15.8 and down 10% from 2006’s 15.3. Still, the rating was enough to trounce its competitors, with NBC coming in second place for the evening, averaging a 3.5 rating. It appears that the writers’ strike helped the show dominate its competitors, but suffered because the strike has driven people to do activities other than watch television.

‘American Idol’ Premiere Highlights On ‘Today’

January 16, 2008 – ‘American Idol’ returns for its seventh season on Tuesday night, premiering with a slew of awful singers. ‘Today’ co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer offered highlights this morning. Lauer told Vieira, “These tapes used to make me cringe until I saw you at the Christmas party doing karaoke and I realized it’s not that bad.” Watch the segment below the fold.

‘American Idol’ To Add ‘Where Are They Now?’ Feature

January 15, 2008 – The new season of ‘American Idol’ starts this evening on Fox and with the writer’s strike, there may be even more viewers. Fox News Chicago entertainment reporter David Viggiano offered a preview, featuring comments from ‘Idol’ executive producer Ken Warwick and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who talked about the show’s changes. “We want to do a section within the results show of where are they now, what are they doing now. What’s Ruben [Studdard] going to do, now that he doesn’t have a contract anymore. Is he just going to give up the business? I don’t think so, but what’s he going to do. Where is Clay Aiken now? Where is Kimberley Locke?” The segment at myfoxchicago.com has since been removed.

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