Tuesday American Idol episode beats big ABC, CBS, NBC, UPN combined.

Tuesday American Idol episode beats big ABC, CBS, NBC, UPN combined.
Tuesday’s episode of American Idol 3 was watched by 29.6 million viewers. That’s more than ABC, CBS, NBC, and UPN combined; together they were watched by 28.6 million viewers. So, we can’t really blame FOX for milking this as much as possible: Next week, a special episode, “American Idol: The Road to Hollywood,” will air on Monday to make up for the preponderance of much more entertaining non-winners featured on the first episodes. The special ep “will focus on the 117 who made it through to the Hollywood stage,” Digital Spy reports.

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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