28 million watch American Idol 3; Simple Life “lost episode” will air Mon.

28 million watch American Idol 3; Simple Life “lost episode” will air Mon.
Tonight, American Idol 3 faces The Apprentice. But on the first evening of the premiere trifecta, American Idol did very well for FOX: 28 million people watched the show, 1.5 million more than tuned in last January for the second season’s debut. That helped My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiance, which started after Idol ran eight minutes into the 9 o’clock hour but which still lost about seven million of its viewers. The show “reached more than 21 million viewers and averaged a 9.9 rating in the 18 to 49 group,” The New York Times reports. The paper says a “lost episode” of The Simple Life will air next Monday to help Big Fat get even bigger and fatter numbers. Meanwhile, the star of the show is in big fat trouble: Randi Coy “interrupted her first year of teaching at Thanksgiving break to begin taping the show,” The Arizona Republic reports. Worse, she’s a “first-grade teacher at Pope John XXIII Catholic School Community in northeast Phoenix.” Her principal “sent a letter to parents, alerting them to Coy’s leave and upcoming TV appearance” and says that Randi hasn’t talked to him about the show, and is still on leave. He says, “You can’t be teaching and do a show like that.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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