Friday, January 16, 2009

"American Idol 8" Debuts to Big Ratings

"American Idol"s eighth season debuted to big ratings on Tuesday, raking in 30.1 million viewers easily making it the highest-rated telecast so far this season. The second episode on Wednesday surprisingly did even better garnering 30.5 million viewers. However it's not all good news for Simon and the gang. Ratings were down from last season's 33.2 million viewers. This is the second consecutive year the ratings have declined, which explains why the producers are changing things up a bit, like adding a fourth judge. The first two episodes featured auditions from Phoenix, Arizona and Kansas City, Missouri. The usual freaks turned out but so did some promising talent too. Next week the show settles into its regular 1 hour time slot.