American Idol

AMERICAN IDOL gained momentum in its second week last night on CTV, increasing 8% to 3.1 million viewers compared to last week.

AMERICAN IDOL also grew by 12% with A18-49 (1.59 million), 13% with A25-54 (1.52 million) and 20% with A18-34 (816,000).

The #1 program of the night nationally and in all key demos, AMERICAN IDOL was also the #1 (non-sports) program of the night in the Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver markets with the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos.

Building its audience from one hour to the next and peaking at nearly 4 million viewers, the broadcast was sampled by 7.8 million unique viewers.

At 10 p.m., CTV’s BLUE BLOODS bested OFF THE MAP for a second week in a row with 1.7 million viewers on CTV. Growing 4% from last week, BLUE BLOODS won the hour with total viewers and all key adult demos and delivered 63% more viewers than OFF THE MAP (ABC/Global; 1 million).

AMERICAN IDOL continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on /A\ with audition highs and lows from Nashville (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

8:00pm – Wednesday, January 26 on CTV

The audition tour continues as America’s singing hopefuls perform for the judging panel.

8:00pm – Thursday, January 20 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Following part one of the Season 10 premiere on CTV, the competition continues with hilarious, inspiring and show-stopping auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez scope out the talent in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Premiering to overwhelmingly positive reviews, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez both hit a high note as the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 premiere crushed the competition with 2.9 million viewers last night on CTV.

Between 8-10 p.m., more viewers watched AMERICAN IDOL than the other four Canadian conventional networks combined.

Up 5% compared to its Season 9 average audience (2.7 million), the Season 10 premiere peaked with 3.5 million viewers and was the #1 program of the night nationally in all key demos and in Canada’s three largest television markets.

Building its audience from one hour to the next, more than 7.7 million Canadians watched some or all of the broadcast.

Overall, AMERICAN IDOL is the biggest season premiere of the year since CTV’s megahit THE BIG BANG THEORY returned last September with 3.1 million viewers.*

The premiere delivered a 32.4 Share for A18-49 and a 31.7 Share for A25-54, meaning that nearly one in three people in these demos watching television last night were watching AMERICAN IDOL.** A total of 1.42 million viewers aged 18-49 watched the episode, and 1.35 million viewers aged 25-54.

At 10 p.m., CTV’s BLUE BLOODS put OFF THE MAP off the map in its new Wednesday night home. Winning the hour in total viewers and all key adult demos, CTV’s BLUE BLOODS (1.6 million) delivered 81% more viewers than OFF THE MAP (ABC/Global; 882,000), which fell 38% compared to last week.

Last night’s premiere episode featured new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez who brought their own brand of humour and compassion to the panel. The two-night premiere event continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on /A\ with audition highs and lows from New Orleans (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

The tenth season of American Idol finally got underway yesterday, with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler easing into their new roles relatively easily.

However, when it came to the ratings it wasn’t so smooth, with audience numbers down around 13% on last year’s premiere.

This equates to around 3.9 million fewer viewers watching than last year, which, it turned out, wasn’t exactly a stellar year for Idol.

This year’s two-hour premiere chalked up 26.1 million, as opposed to the 29.9 million who tuned in last year.

Of course, this year’s Idol is vastly different for a number of reasons which include new judges and new nights which could be to blame for the disappointing audience numbers for the show.

However, what will be most worrying for Fox execs is the 18% drop in audience numbers in the key demo of 18-49.


8:00pm – Wednesday, January 19 on CTV

The much-anticipated 10th anniversary season, AMERICAN IDOL kicks off the two-hour season premiere with auditions from New York/New Jersey. Golden Globe-nominated actress, platinum-selling recording artist, movie producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steven Tyler join Randy Jackson at the judging panel for the first time.

AMERICAN IDOL is set to return for its tenth season with new judges, new talent and new surprises along the way.

This season’s judges – Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler – are a triple-threat of credibility, chemistry and talent.

Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, whose career as a music producer and record executive is unparalleled, will serve as the in-house mentor.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the two-night season premiere kicks off with auditions from New York / New Jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and New Orleans on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on /A\.

After the two-night premiere, auditions will continue for three weeks on Wednesdays on CTV and Thursdays on /A\ beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

AMERICAN IDOL auditions continue in Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Thursday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET with the hopefuls who received tickets to Hollywood from the judges. The contestants who make it through Hollywood will then head to Las Vegas for the first time ever to perform Beatles songs on the Cirque du Soleil LOVE stage Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The auditions will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on /A\ when the judges reveal – in an exciting new twist – 20 semifinalists (10 guys and 10 girls).

The semifinalists compete on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The five male and five female contestants with the most votes will be the first to join this season’s finalists. The judges’ will also make their special “Wild Card” picks rounding out the finalists on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET.




RECAP (All times begin at 8 p.m. ET)


Wednesday, Jan. 19 – Season Premiere, Part 1 – New York / New Jersey Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 20 – Season Premiere, Part 2 – New Orleans Audition Episode

Wednesday, Jan. 26 – Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 27 – Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 3 – Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 10 – Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 16 – Hollywood Round, Part 1

Thursday, Feb. 17 – Hollywood Round, Part 2

Wednesday, Feb. 23 – Las Vegas Round

Thursday, Feb. 24 – Top 20 Semifinalists Announced

Tuesday, March 1 – Semifinalists Perform

Wednesday, March 2 – Semifinalists Perform

Thursday, March 3 – First Results Show and Finalists Announced

The new season of American Idol is just around the corner and with a new judge line up the big question is, will you watch?

Changes are in store across the board for the new season which is set to premiere Wednesday, January 19 on FOX and CTV. For the first time during Hollywood week over 300 traveled to the city of Angels for their chance at fame. This was up from almost 180 last year. In addition those who survive some of Hollywood week are taking a road trip to Las Vegas where they take place in a Beatles themed performance to secure their place in the finals. Word is there was bidding war for which stage show would take on American Idol, and the Mirage’s LOVE show won that chance.

Expect a host of changes this season to keep the eyeballs coming back to America’s once most loved show. With executive producer Nigel Lythgoe back on board anything is possible.

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The #1 program in America is coming to /A\.

The network announced today that the AMERICAN IDOL results show will bolster the network’s mid-season schedule along with the return of viewer favourites and eagerly-awaited new series.

In a strategic move, AMERICAN IDOL’s blockbuster Thursday night results show will be used to promote a hot new-lineup of mid-season programming on /A\, including the premiere of Paula Abdul’s LIVE TO DANCE, the second season of the sci-fi drama V, riveting drama HUMAN TARGET, and another drama-fueled season of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

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Airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT, AMERICAN IDOL leads a very competitive Thursday night on /A\, which also features THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (returning Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT),  NIKITA (returning Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT) and PRIVATE PRACTICE (returning Jan. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT).

Meanwhile, Wednesdays on /A\ gets a whole new look: after making its debut on CTV, the highly anticipated new series LIVE TO DANCE with Paula Abdul slides into its regular timeslot on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 19 on /A\. LIVE TO DANCE anchors an all-new Wednesday night line-up on /A\ which also features the riveting drama HUMAN TARGET, returning with all-new back-to-back episodes Jan. 5 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT and back-to-back episodes Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT; before moving into its regular timeslot Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Book-ending the Wednesday night schedule is another drama-fueled season of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, premiering Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with Cycle 16.

Tuesdays on /A\ sees the return of last Fall’s #1 new show for A25-54, V, beginning Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT following HELLCATS (returning Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Also joining the schedule is the Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series SANCTUARY. Created by Damian Kindler (STARGATE SG-1), the series joins /A\’s Monday night lineup beginning with Season 1 on Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Schedule subject to change. Visit to confirm local broadcast times.




/A\’s midseason schedule of new and returning series unfolds as follows (all times ET/PT; visit to confirm local broadcast times):



8 p.m.:            LAW AND ORDER: SVU

9 p.m.:            SANCTUARY **NEW TO /A\**

10 p.m.:          CRIMINAL MINDS



8 p.m.:            HELLCATS **NEW TIMESLOT**

9 p.m.:            V **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)

10 p.m.:          CRIMINAL MINDS



8 p.m.:            LIVE TO DANCE **NEW SERIES** (simulcast) / AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (simulcast)

9 p.m.:            HUMAN TARGET **NEW TO /A\** (simulcast)

10 p.m.:          CRIMINAL MINDS




8 p.m.:            AMERICAN IDOL (Results Episode) **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)

9 p.m.:            NIKITA (simulcast)

10 p.m.:          PRIVATE PRACTICE (simulcast)



8 p.m.:            CRIMINAL MINDS

9 p.m.:            DATELINE (simulcast)



7 p.m.:            ROAD TO AVONLEA

8 p.m.:            THE BIG PICTURE

10 p.m.:          COMEDY NOW!

10:30 p.m.:    COMEDY INC.



7 p.m.:            TMZ WEEKEND

8 p.m.:            THE BIG PICTURE

10 p.m.:          CRIMINAL MINDS

American network NBC is attempting to take some of the sting out of Fox’s new seasons of American Idol and The X Factor by launching its own singing competition this spring.

NBC is teaming with Mark Burnett and John de Mol on the format called The Voice of America and is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling.

The show will beat The X Factor to the screen, which is set to premiere for Fox in the fall, and will potentially go head to head against American Idol on the same night.

“It’s a bold move, it shows our confidence,” said NBC’s alternative chief Paul Telegedy. “But we’ve been busy fermenting a move into this genre for quite a few months. We’ve been at a state of DefCon 2.”

The format is based on the Dutch show The Voice of Holland, which is the leading reality talent format in the country, beating fellow talent shows The X Factor and Idol.

The X Factor will launch here in Canada on CTV next year.

Source: Hollywood Reporter