“American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have accomplished something their sharp- tongued predecessor Simon Cowell couldn’t do for four years: stem viewer losses at TV’s most-watched show.
Simon Cowell , the pop impresario known for TV shows such as “ American Idol ,” has amassed a fortune of 200 million pounds ($331 million), enough to propel him into the Top 10 of U.K. musical millionaires, the Sunday Times said.
Simon Cowell , the TV-show producer and music executive, has seen his wealth surge 38 percent to 165 million pounds ($254 million) in the last year. He jumped four slots to No. 11 in the ranking of U.K. music millionaires, according to the Sunday Times 2010 Rich List .
A month into the season that doubters predicted could end the reign of TV juggernaut “ American Idol ,” new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have done more than win over skeptics. They’ve made “American Idol” fun again.
By Ronald Grover May 13 (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting's entertainment president, is racing to find new shows. His worry is that the network's buoyant ratings could sink once Simon Cowell, the caustic talent judge and star of American Idol, leaves the successful singing competition this month after nine seasons. The Fox programming chief wants to remake a network that has relied on Idol, hour-long dramas, and cartoon comedies to lead in the crucial 18-to-49-year-old viewer category for almost six years. In addition to Cowell's exit from Idol, TV's most watched show, Fox is losing Kiefer Sutherland and his popular thriller, 24. The network needs fresh fare, especially because 18-to-49 ratings for both Idol and a medical drama, House, are slumping. Reilly, 47, insists he welcomes the challenge. "It's a high-class problem to have," he says. "The shows are still very