between 10 and 20+ percent of FOX’s weekly schedule is American Idol 3.

between 10 and 20+ percent of FOX’s weekly schedule is American Idol 3.
The 41 or so hours of American Idol that FOX is running this spring consumes 10 percent of the network’s schedule on normal weeks, and more than 20 percent during weeks with special episodes. Among lusted-after viewers 18 to 49, “Fox is just one-tenth of a rating point behind the perennial leader among younger viewers, NBC,” the New York Times reports. The show also made FOX about $100 million last season. A FOX exec said they’re not guilty of overkill: “We are doing about the same number of hours of the show as last season. And we’re not doing ‘Average Joe Idol’ or ‘For Love of Idol’ as certain other networks executives I know would have done. This show is a precious gem we feel can be a player for us for years to come.”

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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