Steven Tyler Helps American Idol Bounce Back

American Idol reality show lost viewers for the fourth year in a row, and the producers recognized the need for change, and did something about it.

Steven Tyler Helps American Idol Bounce Back
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Many people wrote off American Idol at the end of last season, as the reality show lost viewers for the fourth year in a row. The producers recognized the need for change, and did something about it: out with Simon Cowell, daytime TV show hosts and anonymous songwriters as judges, and in with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to add some real music/celebrity cred to the proceedings. Bloomberg reports the changes seem to have worked, so far, as the show is averaging 25 million viewers a night, matching last year's numbers. The program has lost viewers since 2007. "I'm surprised as anyone the show's bounced back", Hal Vogel, a media analyst in New York, told Bloomberg.com. "The new judges appear to appeal to a wide demographic. It's likely the show really does have more life left - longer than I'd expected." Although season 10 started with a 12 percent drop in viewers in January, Fox ratings began to exceed the prior year's episodes on February 3, according to Nielsen data supplied by the network. Since then, new judges Lopez and Tyler have grown more comfortable on air, and the contestants have drawn higher vote totals than last season, underscoring the larger audience and higher-quality contestants, Preston Beckman, executive vice president of strategic programming at Fox, said in an interview. Check out the full story at Bloomberg here. Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

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    jimmeru87
    Why all the negative remarks about Idol and Tyler anyway? The show has produced a lot of artists and given them a shot at success. To say you won`t listen to Aerosmith again because of it is just plain stupid. Wake up! If any of you naysayers had a shot to be put in the top 12 on a national tv show with that shot, you`d all do it.
    pineaple expres
    jimmeru87 wrote: Why all the negative remarks about Idol and Tyler anyway? The show has produced a lot of artists and given them a shot at success. To say you won`t listen to Aerosmith again because of it is just plain stupid. Wake up! If any of you naysayers had a shot to be put in the top 12 on a national tv show with that shot, you`d all do it.
    sorry for the double post but i hate watching idol. period. but agreeing with what you just said. yea i'd probly try out. but the difference is that i wouldnt ruin all of the songs i chose. i stumbled on an episode one night where they sang superman by 3 doors down. i wil admit they are all very good singers. the problem i had with it was that they sang it too perfect. like the vocals are ment to sound kinda dirty. but they all sang it like it was an opera. pissed me off so bad. plus if i joined the show id know who the beatles were.
    Horizons18
    There seems to be a difference between American Idol and the X Factor type show in the UK, where being on American Idol can actually lead to getting some success and leading to a credible career, where being on the X Factor just makes you a joke..
    Crimson Ghost
    goddamncanadian wrote: The producers recognized the need for change, and did something about it: out with Simon Cowell, daytime TV show hosts and anonymous songwriters as judges... Since when did Paula Abdul qualify as an "anonymous songwriter"? As a fan of music in general, I can admit that I've watched a few episodes from this season, and I have to say the quality of vocal talent present in this year's contestants is absolutely incredible. It's just too bad they need to resort to entering a reality show (which has simply become a vehicle for advertising the show's sponsors anyways) to gain any kind of recognition whatsoever for their efforts. They'll soon discover those efforts will have been in vain, as the "American Idol" label that each one will be associated with upon this season's completion will automatically destroy their credibility in the eyes of a lot of prospective consumers. With the exceptions of Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood, how many different alumni of the show (winners included) can you spot in the bargain bin of your local record store on any given day? Simply put, it's career suicide for 5 minutes of fame.
    I think by anonymous songwriter they meant Kara Dioguardi. Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, and Daughtry have all had successful careers so far. Some of those singers this season are really good.
    jhart08
    really UG, stop talking about this, we just dont care anymore...not mad, not thrilled, just tired of hearing about it
    Eirien
    Joe Perry should try and knock some sense into him with his guitar again. I can't listen to Aerosmith any more knowing that Tyler is doing this dis-service to music.
    goddamncanadian
    The producers recognized the need for change, and did something about it: out with Simon Cowell, daytime TV show hosts and anonymous songwriters as judges...
    Since when did Paula Abdul qualify as an "anonymous songwriter"? As a fan of music in general, I can admit that I've watched a few episodes from this season, and I have to say the quality of vocal talent present in this year's contestants is absolutely incredible. It's just too bad they need to resort to entering a reality show (which has simply become a vehicle for advertising the show's sponsors anyways) to gain any kind of recognition whatsoever for their efforts. They'll soon discover those efforts will have been in vain, as the "American Idol" label that each one will be associated with upon this season's completion will automatically destroy their credibility in the eyes of a lot of prospective consumers. With the exceptions of Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood, how many different alumni of the show (winners included) can you spot in the bargain bin of your local record store on any given day? Simply put, it's career suicide for 5 minutes of fame.
    pineaple expres
    its still a crappy show. i cant stand it. it makes me want to grab my guitar, smash it, and then take the wood chips and stab my ears with them.