Sure, you could have taught Old Yeller how to shake, fetch, or perform a new trick, but can you revamp an old show with new hosts? Looks like you can. American Idol, one of TV’s most anticipated new season launches, was a success. Even more surprising is that weeks later its viewing ratings are still going strong. Through seasons with epic winnings by radio popular artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carry Underwood and Jordin Sparks, the shows following was not only dedicated to the hearts and souls of the performers, but even more so loyal to the show’s hosts.
Through nine seasons, Paula, Randy and Simon were the only constants who stuck with us through it all. At the end of a nine year relationship, it’s no surprise that there was worry that fans would not be able to move on and jump into a new relationship with a fresh panel of judges so quickly. According to Neilson’s, at the turn of the decade, Idol was the first show to be at the top of the charts for six consecutive seasons since the Cosby Show. But how about Idol’s new hosts’, J Lo and Steven Tyler? With the old panel of judges presenting such high ranking performances, the show’s publicist’s certainly had been presented with a challenge at the start of season ten.
However, it turns out these two newbies are giving the beloved American Cosby family a run for their money as well. As viewing ratings are up 8%, it’s obvious that viewers coped with the breakup with Simon and Paula much faster than anticipated. Interning at a LA public relations agency, I notice the billboards painting towns across America, and the new hosts flooding the airwaves with radio and TV interviews.
If you were among the few who were having trouble moving on, it’s not too late to jump into the new season. You may have missed the embarrassing road trip whirl wind of try outs, but it’s still early enough in the season to tune in.