American Idol 5 tour made $35.2 million

The American Idol 5 tour, which visited 55 cities in just under three months, earned $35.2 million, USA TODAY reports, citing numbers from Billboard Boxscore. The most anyone paid for a single ticket was $72.50, and still, that means it may “be among the top 10 [concert tours] of the year, even without the high ticket prices that Madonna and other top individual acts command,” according to USA TODAY.

A total of 645,782 screaming fans–or part screaming fans, part exasperated parents–attended the concerts. While slightly less than one-third of the shows (19) sold out completely, 96 percent of the seats were sold overall. USA TODAY’s Idol Chatter also highlights the cities that did the best and worst during the tour:

> Top-grossing show: New York (East Rutherford, N.J.), about $890,000 each for two shows, July 13 and 14
> Top attendance: Greensboro, N.C., 15,337, July 30
> Lowest percentage of seats sold: Austin, 80%, Sept. 10

Idol tour: The final scorecard [USA TODAY]

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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