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Old May 7 2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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American Idol losing money???

I saw on MSNBC that, dispite being a ratings juggernaut, American Idol is losing money. Is this the beginning of the end of AI, and reality programming as a whole?
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Old May 8 2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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Re: American Idol losing money???

If you mean by losing money Paula is drinking it all away. Than yes.
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Old May 8 2009, 12:55 AM   #3
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Re: American Idol losing money???

How can it be losing money?

Do Fox's book-keepers not know how to, well, keep books?
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Old May 8 2009, 01:24 AM   #4
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Re: American Idol losing money???

Oh, just like most Hollywood blockbusters never actually make a profit (according to the studios)?
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Old May 8 2009, 01:35 AM   #5
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Re: American Idol losing money???

I too can't figure out how a show that is 25 minutes long, that has 35 minutes of commercials that makes $30,000 a second.
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Old May 8 2009, 02:38 AM   #6
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Re: American Idol losing money???

a part of their set did collapse, no one was hurt, but that could be a sign
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Old May 8 2009, 02:44 AM   #7
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Re: American Idol losing money???

ObiWanShinobi wrote: View Post
a part of their set did collapse, no one was hurt, but that could be a sign
That's a sign from God that it is pissed off at Fox for making stupid choices.
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Old May 8 2009, 02:56 AM   #8
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Re: American Idol losing money???

To be honest, I don't know how the HELL this show & others like it have survived this long!?
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Old May 8 2009, 03:10 AM   #9
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Re: American Idol losing money???

Most likely the report was simply wrong.
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Old May 8 2009, 03:11 AM   #10
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If that show can't turn a profit they might as well shut down the networks right now.
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Old May 8 2009, 02:48 PM   #11
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Re: American Idol losing money???

Compared to dramas and the like, the per hour costs of them things are peanuts. There is no way outside of an accountants trick that this show does not make money...
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Old May 8 2009, 03:20 PM   #12
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Re: American Idol losing money???

yep, crappy reporting from someone with an agenda. Maybe you can say it's lost money compared to OTHER years, but with the ratings it gets (and thus the ad dollars) there's no way it loses money unless they have to pay royalties every time Randy says Dawg or something...
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Old May 8 2009, 03:38 PM   #13
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Re: American Idol losing money???

miraclefan wrote: View Post
To be honest, I don't know how the HELL this show & others like it have survived this long!?
Seriously???

It is a singing competition. Unlike most shows anybody with half a brain can form an opinion. Either yes good singer or no bad singer. Filled in with a formula of Simon = bad, Paul = good, Randy = whatever, you have a great dynamics.

Also think of all the hits AI and X Factor like shows have created: Carrie Underwood, Daughtrey, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis.. etc..

It is a money printing machine. Also Simon has an amazing eye for talent. Say what you want about the show but Simon is brilliant guy.
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Old May 8 2009, 04:23 PM   #14
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You believe something reported on MSNBC?
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Old May 8 2009, 05:12 PM   #15
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Mr. Adventure wrote: View Post
If that show can't turn a profit they might as well shut down the networks right now.
Maybe the effect of Canadian Idol being canceled is starting to reverberate into the United States like I hoped that it would-if so, YESSS!!!
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