Fox considers starting American Idol in Hollywood with auditions as flashbacks only

An online survey about American Idol asks viewers whether or not they’d like the show to start with the Hollywood round, showing the auditions only via flashbacks. “Suppose the first few weeks of AMERICAN IDOL started in Hollywood with flashbacks of the auditions, would that increase or decrease your enjoyment of AMERICAN IDOL?” it asks.

The survey was obtained by Broadcasting & Cable, which attributes its existence to the show’s sliding ratings and says the results may affect American Idol 8. “We’re not in denial. It’s still the biggest show on TV, but that doesn’t mean there are things we can’t do. The feedback from this year you’ll probably see on the show next year,” Fox’s Preston Beckman told B&C.

The survey [.doc] asks other questions such as, “How important is the Top 12 to your overall enjoyment of AMERICAN IDOL?” and “How important is the Top 12 to your overall enjoyment of AMERICAN IDOL?,” and also asks respondents to rank the judges, Ryan Seacrest, and the contestants as a group.

Respondents also get to rank how much they agree with statements such as “Simon’s comments turn me off from the show,” “I like the interaction between the judges and Ryan,” “These are the best final 5 contestants I’ve seen on AMERICAN IDOL,” and “I watch American Idol mostly to hear what Paula has to say.”

I was going to mock anyone who would agree with that last statement, but although Paula has only rarely delivered the crazy this year, that is one of the primary reasons why I watch. If I get to take the survey, I will use one of the open-ended questions to suggest Fox reps fill her Coca-Cola cup with something that will increase my enjoyment of the show even more.

New Fox Market Research Survey Shows Possible Idol Fixes [Broadcasting & Cable]

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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