Pop Idol 2 has more viewers than Fame Academy, which won the face-off.

Pop Idol 2 has more viewers than Fame Academy, which won the face-off.
The debut of Pop Idol 2 was watched by an average of 5 million viewers on Saturday night, with a maximum of 6.3 million viewers, the Daily Record reports. That was well over the 3.4 million that watched the BBC’s Fame Academy. However, the shows only aired opposite each other for 15 minutes, and during that time, the BBC says Fame Academy “had 0.1% more audience share during that period,” BBC News reports.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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