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Paula’s gaffe now blamed on her rehearsal observation; Idol hits a five-year ratings low

Ratings for American Idol 7‘s Neil Diamond night Tuesday, when Paula Abdul’s well-publicized gaffe occurred, were down yet again. They “fell to another five-year low,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, as 24.4 million people watched. Interestingly, Hell’s Kitchen 4‘s ratings increased 12 percent despite its lead-in’s decline, which the paper calls “impressive” and “beyond the …

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