Thursday, May 21, 2009
American Idle -- er, Idol
Another "American Idol" season has come and gone. Once again, I managed to overcome the temptation to watch. That keeps my record intact for the last seven years, or how many seasons "American Idol" has taken the country by storm.
I'm not a reality TV person, which puts me in the minority of the TV-viewing public. I understand that. That Kris Allen shocked the free world and civilization as we know it by defeating Adam Lambert didn't really get a rise out of me.
"AI", as it's affectionately known (not by me, but some people), dominates the Nielsen ratings. Last week, it was No. 1 and No. 2 for its Tuesday and Wednesday showings. It pulled in 22.7 and 24.7 million viewers. I'm sure the viewers for last night's finale will be huge.
I can see why people would watch. I just can't see why I would watch. But that's why Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. To each his own.
Of the top 20 programs last week, eight were reality-show driven. It was either "Dancing With the Stars" (which I've watched snippets from time to time), to "Survivor: Toncantins" (which I wouldn't watch at gunpoint) to "The Biggest Loser", which I would feel like if I watched that every week.
I agree with what my colleague Danh Hoang said the other day. My reality show comes on during the fall on Sunday afternoons. Amen, brother.