Cingular made a max of $4.15 million from text messages from American Idol 4

Cingular’s exclusive text message vote contract earned as much as $4.15 million for the company last year, the Boston Globe reports.

Basically, the paper did the math, finding that “Cingular charges between $19.99 per month for a text package with 2,500 messages included and 10 cents per message on a pay-as-you-go plan, meaning the company raked in as much as $4.15 million in text messaging fees from ‘American Idol’ votes alone last year.” In other words, if they all the messaging viewers had plans, they made a lot less from the show.

Speaking of text messages, late last month The Boston Herald followed-up on my report about text message votes not counting from non-Cingular founds, and found that other companies probably won’t charge for votes sent. A spokesperson told the Herald, “It just won’t work if you’re another subscriber.” Of course, that also means the vote won’t count.

And the big winner looks to be … Cingular [Boston Globe]
Confused callers worship false Idol [Boston Herald]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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