Idol viewers drop in week two but are up four percent from last year

In its second week, American Idol 6 lost viewers from its first week, but the show is still doing better than last year.

On Tuesday, 32.6 million viewers watched, according to Variety. That’s about five million fewer than last Tuesday. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show “earned a higher rating than all four network airings of the Address combined,” according to TV Week.

While its 18-49 rating represents “a 20 percent drop from last week’s two-hour season premiere,” the show “is still up 7 percent compared to its State of the Union-night telecast last year.”

On Wednesday, 33.6 million people watched. Overall, the series “is up by 3% vs. last season in adults 18-49 (14.8/35 vs. 14.4/34) and by 4% in total viewers (35.5 million vs. 34.2 million),” Variety reports.

Fox’s ‘Idol’ rolls again and ‘Idol’ continues hot start [Variety]
‘Idol’ Outshines State of the Union [TV Week]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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