Could be there best rating season for viewers or 2nd best. I just read this season it's the Number One rated show right now
and costs around $700,000 for a 30-second commercial! It's reported that on their premier show in January, they draw 33.4 million viewers. It's not losing steam by any means. So far, 2006 was their biggest viewing year but it's been the #1 show since 2005
"A growing number of television executives have begun to regard American Idol as a programming force unlike any seen before. Jeff Zucker, the new chief executive of NBC Universal, said, "I think Idol is the most impactful show in the history of television."
I watch it semi-regularly and I think either David Archuleta or David Cook with the edge to David Cook right now. I picture David A doing musicals on Broadway..and Cook being more in Doughtry's echelon and genre - an original and a rocker! If he were to put together songs of HIS choosing and HIS arrangement, I'D BUY HIS cd right now!
Kind of like Carly Smithson, WHAT PIPES! She has a strong, lush sounding voice. But not so sure whether or not she's got the universal fan appeal cause she forces it a bit and loses that joyful, fun quality.
Michael Johns is a real strong contender right now, but it's too soon and depends on song choices to see what he's got in store.
Jason Castro is cool, sings well, but loses connection with audience now and then -- a deadly trait.
If they bring back people as a wild-card, look for Chikezie to be back again.