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.”

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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