See if ”American Juniors” is a winner or a loser
VIEWERS 7.8 million on Tuesdays, 6.7 million on Wednesdays
WHAT HAPPENED In this ”American Idol” spin-off, kids competed to be part of a five-member, Nickelodeon-friendly group.
WHY IT BOMBED Its predecessor combined reality’s best elements — humiliation, rejection, makeovers, triumph. Watching kids trade their own T-shirts for slightly sparklier ones is no match for seeing a gawky special-ed teacher morphing into a moussed heartthrob.
LASTING CONTRIBUTION TO THE GENRE Don’t humiliate kids till high school.