Idol 8 tour drawing slightly fewer people per city but earning the same as season 7 tour

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, and the other American Idol 8 finalists who are currently touring are drawing fewer people but earning the same amount of money as David Cook, David Archuleta, and last season’s group did.

The show “is selling 82% of its tickets and has grossed $11.2 million — almost exactly the same as last year’s tour at the same point,” USA TODAY reports. “[T]he first 19 shows of 2009 averaged 9,456 attendees per city, almost even with the 9,771 for the same period last year. With ticket prices ranging from $40.50 to $69.50 — a dollar higher than last year — the tour gross is almost exactly equal.”

Only two shows have sold out, but of course, there’s also a recession, and the tour is doing better than most. Billboard’s Ray Wadell tells the paper that typically, “40% of tickets go unsold” for concerts, so the show is “doing better than average.”

Idols Live concert tour appears to be recession-proof [USA TODAY]

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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