Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Other Networks Run Screaming From "Idol"
Bill Carter of the NYTimes does a piece on "American Idol," how the show has grown in the ratings this season and how everyone is terming it perhaps the most disruptive and impactful show in TV history. Me, I'd still stick with "The Cosby Show" as the most impactful show in TV history. It turned cellar dwellers "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues" into hit shows, launched NBC's 20 year dominance of Thursday night which became the most profitable night of the week thanks to movie ads and set the stage for further hits like "LA Law," "ER," "Seinfeld" and "Friends." But "Idol" is massive. I wonder if CBS ever kicks itself for airing two seasons of "Survivor" each year, rather than one (probably not, since it's still a Top 10 hit) and if ABC kicks itself for squandering the equally massive, game-changing phenomenon "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" by airing it on four nights a week. (Every day, I bet; every day).