ABC's ''Idol'' exposé is a ratings winner
Fox and the makers of American Idol may have called Corey Clark an opportunistic liar and slammed ABC’s Primetime Live special centering on Clark’s allegations as a sweeps-month ratings ploy. Still, the ploy worked. Whether or not you believed Clark’s claim that judge Paula Abdul secretly coached him and had an affair with him while he was a finalist in 2003, chances are good that you watched the special 10 p.m. Wednesday episode of Primetime. According to Nielsen, the show drew 13.8 million viewers, up about 6 million from what Eyes has averaged in that same timeslot. The show stole the ratings thunder of timeslot competitors Law & Order (11.4 million) and CSI:NY (13 million). In contrast, CBS’ much-touted offering of scandal TV at 8 p.m. the same night, Insider host Pat O’Brien’s post-rehab interview by Dr. Phil, drew just 7.4 million. Overall, ABC averaged the most viewers over the course of the entire evening, 13.3 million. Still, no show did as well as Idol itself, with an audience of 24.5 million (typical for a 9 p.m. Wednesday results episode) tuning in to see Scott Savol get voted off, and to see Abdul receive moral support in the form of two giant bouquets of flowers.
Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.