‘American Idol’ Will Be On Twice A Week

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We all know by now that the reboot of American Idol will premiere Sunday March 11 at 8PM. What was just confirmed is that they will also air the show on Monday nights as well. This isn’t the old days where it was on five nights a week, but still two days is better than one, right?

The two-hour premiere on Sunday will presumedly be reduced to one hour the following weeks. No real need for a second hour if you are going to break it up in two days. After all, you don’t want to oversaturate the market because then people will stop watching all together. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan will be the judges, which appeals to young people, old people, and country people respectively. Add to that host Ryan Seacrest and you have all the ingredients of a hit. Of course, that means that on day two American Idol will be going up against The Voice on NBC. Given The Voice’s popularity it will be interesting to see who wins the night.


The question will be whether or not they will be able to recapture the old days of the show as far as ratings. I remember when American Idol was first on. EVERYONE watched that show. College kids like me, teens, middle-aged people, and oldies as well. Perhaps it was because it plugged into the zeitgeist of that moment but the world is a very different place now. Can you catch lighting in a bottle twice?

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