'American Idol' Ratings: Big Numbers for the New Judges
'American Idol' Ratings: Big Numbers for the New Judges
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Rumors of American Idol's death have been greatly exaggerated. While some critics were ready to predict the show's demise following the exit of Simon Cowell, the season 10 premiere proved that Idol is still a force to be reckoned with.

The show debuted with 26.1 million viewers, increasing more than 2 million from the first hour to the second. While it's a bit down from last season's premiere of 29.8 million, it's still enough to make it the highest-rated show of the week.

At 8pm, American Idol was up against Paula Abdul's new show Live to Dance, which was watched by 12.1 million people. In other words, Paula got straight up crushed.

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My guess is that the big numbers are a result of curiosity. With new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, a lot of people wanted to tune in to see how they'd do. The real test comes from tonight's second episode and next week's auditions.

My guess is that the numbers will drop, largely due to the fact that I can't stand either of the new judges. Jennifer Lopez is far too nice, resulting in a number of contestants making it through to Hollywood when they should be cut (I'm looking at you, girl who sang a song from Thoroughly Modern Millie). It's OK to be nice, but not if it comes with an inability to say "No." If you're not willing to crush a dream or two, judging American Idol isn't the gig for you.

However, she was nothing compared to the trainwreck of Steven Tyler. From the first minute he was trying way too hard, making up stupid expressions about ducks and whatnot in a desperate attempt to be entertaining. It got even worse when the contestants started singing because it seemed like Tyler started humming, tapping and singing along every time. The Idol auditions aren't a jam session, so Tyler needs to learn to shut the hell up and listen to the singers.

With Lopez and Tyler's weak first attempt at judging, the ratings should decline quickly. However, at least for now, American Idol is still the king of TV.

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