Idol has earned $2 billion worldwide; FOX earned $200 million in two seasons.

Idol has earned $2 billion worldwide; FOX earned $200 million in two seasons.
The Idol franchise has earned “more than $2 billion worldwide,” the LA Times reports. But the show almost didn’t happen in the US; despite it’s popularity in the UK, US networks ignored it. Hysterically, “ABC executives refused to even meet with” show representatives, which easily solidifies ABC as the network with the stupidest executives (not that we needed more evidence). The show only came to FOX after News Corp. chair Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, who lives in Britain, told him about the show, and he gave FOX the budget to buy the rights. For American Idol 3, “Fox ordered more than 40 episodes”; originally, before buying the rights and getting money from Murdoch, FOX proposed to do only six. The story also reveals the price of ads (“as much as $500,000″ 30 seconds) and the amount that sponsors pay to be featured on the show ($20 million for Coke, Ford, and AT&T Wireless; $10 million for the others). FOX made $200 million in profit from the first two seasons, plus $45 million from merchandise, which includes 7 million copies of Idol-related records.

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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