record ratings for American Idol 2, Trading Spaces live reveal.

record ratings for American Idol 2, Trading Spaces live reveal.
Despite disappointment in it, the debut of American Idol 2 became “the biggest premiere TV show in the Fox network’s history” with 26.5 million viewers, the BBC reports. Just under four million more people watched the debut than watched the first season’s finale. Meanwhile, on cable, Trading Spaces live reveal from Las Vegas was watched by 5.9 million viewers, an all-time record for TLC. It was the second most-watched show on cable for the week.
+ update: second American Idol 2 episode stays strong with 25 million viewers, easily beating The Bachelorette‘s 13.4 million.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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