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American Idol Viewership Drops 13%

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The biggest American distraction of the past decade may be losing its grip over the minds of your average Joe Sixpack. Bloomberg reports that American Idol averaged 26.1 million viewers to the two-hour opening of the 10th season on News Corp.’s Fox TV, a drop from past years that may jeopardize the network’s ratings dominance.  The audience shrank 13 percent from the 29.9 million who watched last year’s debut, according to initial Nielsen Co. data released by the networks. And while the show is likely not threatened by this not all that surprising drop, as Americans seem to have gotten bored with electing their pop stars (after all Cramer is still on air... and has anyone seen his Nielsen ratings), it probably is quite concerning to other power and money interests, who like nothing more than seeing the middle class in front of its TV during peak hours, instead of actually looking behind the DJIA's glossy facade, and learning just how insolvent their country has become.

From Bloomberg:

“Idol,” the most-watched show on U.S. television for seven straight seasons, has been the major contributor to Fox’s six-year reign as the most popular network among 18-to-49-year- old viewers, the audience that advertisers target. So far this season, “NBC Sunday Night Football” is most-watched program in total and younger viewers, according to Nielsen data.

The Fox talent contest is airing on different nights this year and adding new judges after Simon Cowell departed for Fox’s “X-Factor” talent competition, which begins in September. The network moved “Idol” to Wednesday and Thursday nights, and chose pop star Jennifer Lopez and rocker Steven Tyler to join Randy Jackson as judges.

News Corp., controlled by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, rose 22 cents to $14.45 at 11:48 a.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares gained 6.4 percent in 2010.

Fox is averaging 7.73 million viewers a night this season, lowest of the major U.S. broadcast networks, and is drawing 3.66 million viewers ages 18 to 49, second to CBS Corp. in the group prized most by advertisers.

On the other hand, maybe we are too worried: after all there are all those hudnreds of millions of 5 minute micro distractions known as $0.99 iPad apps still to be downloaded (and funded in lieu of ever more missed, and GSE-funded, mortgage payments).

 

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Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:36 | 890365 Mongo
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Oh my, what a surprise....

 

Or... not!

 

Still waiting for that "second american revolution".

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:46 | 890405 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Under way...

Zerohedge/Trends:

http://www.google.com/trends?q=zerohedge

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:05 | 890464 walküre
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Cool.

Why the overweight in Singapore?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:11 | 890484 JonNadler
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looks we double topped, it looks like a reverse head and shoulder pattern Tyler

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:27 | 890533 EventHorizon
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Better get short zerohedge. That Google trend chart is fugly ;)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:12 | 890487 walküre
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I watched bits and pieces last night. Missing Simon Cowell and his wit.

Noticed the growing crowds of hopeful contestants.

Everyone seems so desperate to line-up with thousands to have a shot at the gig.

=====

There are no real jobs in America that offer real income prospects.

The kids (mostly) that show up at AI have figured this out and they audition.

Show is rigged of course. Cowell cashed in at the peak.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:46 | 890764 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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"Oh...my god......[look of desperation].  You were ab-solutely horrible!  Good god, did you practice next to a jackhammer?  You have no tone, no pitch, no sense of style.  Look at your shirt!  Look at it!  You look like you shop for clothing in a Chinese Goodwill [audience laughs, Simon still looks desperate].  Is that plumb?  You are wearing plumb, you little sissy!  If you like, I will take you into the back and show you what it is like to be a sissy. Yes I am an 'in the closet' BDSM maniac.  Should you know it by the way I act that I need an escape word? [audience gasps!  Simon still looks desperate]  Obviously, but enough about me, what about you?  You wore plumb to American Idol, for god's sake.  This isn't Disneyland.  You are suppossed to be a rockstar.  Wear black.  Now where's my schnoppes....daddy's thirsty.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:20 | 890684 jus_lite_reading
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Let me say one more thing about bonds- After spending incredible amounts of time researching the current environment, I have reached a conclusion, and I hope all my Asian investors reading this, realize the next biggest bond implosion will be from Europe. It will come swift, it will come hard and no CB of the world will be able to bailout the entire EU before it disintegrates. Period.

That is unfortunately what is about to occur. Hold tight.

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:37 | 890370 SheepDog-One
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'Idol', the most watched show on TV and the main reason the US is full of total dumbasses and the reason the FED can get away with what it does while america is busy voting on their IGadgets for the least loserest pointless singer around, is even shedding sheeple viewers. Uh oh...theres no app for that.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:41 | 890381 Freddie
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+1

Idiot sheeple. Bread and circuses like Rome.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:10 | 890481 Sudden Debt
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I DO LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE MAKING A FOOL OF THEMSELVES!

I only watch the part where they do the audiences. Once that the talent start to show, I switch channels.

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:25 | 890527 andybev01
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They "do" the audiences? Is that legal?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:41 | 890572 Sudden Debt
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Hmm... bad translation I think...

 

AUDITIONS I mean :)

 

I knew that watching that serie "Taxi" to learn my English wasn't that great of a idea :)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:03 | 890862 cossack55
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Correlation:

Municipalities discontinue fluoride in water systems.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:45 | 890398 Cdad
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Still never seen the show, Dog.  Not one episode.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:00 | 890452 EscapeKey
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That's all there is. One episode. Which they play again and again.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:13 | 890492 JonNadler
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cancel your cable service, part of the money you pay supports Jim Cramer, Bloomberg Kool Aid, CNN and Foxnews

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:17 | 890507 Sudden Debt
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NOT POSSIBLE!

It's in the same packet that includes the playboy channel...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:45 | 890767 palmereldritch
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N.B.  It's Dawg... and bread, circuses, liquor, vanity, assorted psychopharms and fluoride.  Lots of fluoride.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYn0QbpYYXk&feature=related

I Herd it Through the Grapevine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3PKFohUfow

(with apologies to Marvin Gaye)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:35 | 890551 jus_lite_reading
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+1. The gov't has created an app called iShear, for shearing the brain cells of sheeple remotely from their iPhones, when things start to really fall apart.

Sounds crazy but probably true to some degree.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:44 | 890576 JacksLackofSurprise
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WE ARE DOOOMED on May 21, 2011!

1. Birds falling out of the sky.

2. Millions of dead fish wash-up on shores globally.

3. and now...AI audience drops!

 ...or is the "Doomed Date" December 21,2012 or was it January 1, 2000.

Sent from my iGadget while watching daytime programming on Sling Box (sarcasm..."off")

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:38 | 890372 Freddie
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The public is brainwashed 24 x 7 by the elites and the media to praise the Kenyan Mugabe 2.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:08 | 890644 InconvenientCou...
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Them's be some low-order talking points you got there captain.

I bet you have some real zingers after a few beers and a huff.

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:39 | 890375 WineSorbet
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I don't think that TPTB are worried.  Everyone knows the lost viewership is either back on NavelGazingBook or porn. 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:29 | 890536 andybev01
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Maybe the loss is on par with the number of people who have dropped off of the UI rolls?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:36 | 890556 jus_lite_reading
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Now that's funny! could be Stephen Hawkings aliens took them all?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:45 | 890385 Michael Victory
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Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:44 | 890387 plocequ1
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Speaking of CNBC, I gave up all links to Cramer and CNBC. This includes Firefox favorites, TV and Sirius. ZH, Please get rid of that Cramer bobble head on your homepage. Im getting  flashbacks

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:49 | 890412 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Out of sight???

Take an old white t shirt, draw Cramer's face to the best of your ability, put the shirt on a pillow, hit the pillow with all of your madness.  Take deep breathe.  Relax....

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:52 | 890425 Pants McPants
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Try using AdBlocker plus.  It is a godsend...no ads whatsoever.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:09 | 890645 Dr. Porkchop
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No Script for Firefox works well too.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:21 | 890518 FatFingered
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Try clicking on ads that you can tolerate and viola...no more Cramer.  Easy peasy.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:43 | 890765 cramers_tears
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:44 | 890394 -Michelle-
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This article means nothing without the Dancing with the Stars ratings.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:45 | 890397 jus_lite_reading
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They still have a myraid of other brain cell killing shows such as Dancing with the Whores, Jersey Whore, The Real Desperate Housewives etc etc etc...

Ignorance is widespread. Ask around if anyone you know is aware of the sun rising 2 days early over Greenland, or what POMO stands for...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:31 | 890540 iDealMeat
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Don't bother.. Ignorance is bliss, until they get sheared. Then they panic.

Stock up on some popcorn..

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:39 | 890564 jus_lite_reading
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Words can not express the truth in your statement- I spoke to my plumber the other day (he's in his mid 30's) about the sun rising 2 days ahead of schedule and he said he never heard about it but "would rather NOT know" !!!!

 

Indeed, cognitive dissonance at work

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:45 | 890402 ZakuKommander
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Go long judge shows.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:47 | 890407 bigdumbnugly
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what, did E! move the Kardashian's to the same time slot?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:50 | 890414 Pants McPants
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Smash the idiot box.  Do it today.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:13 | 890489 Vagabond
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Perhaps a better approach would be to cancel your cable, but to each his own.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:52 | 890420 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Alot of people are going to be slaughtered by 'the elites' plans... unfortunately it's exactly what the bovine masses deserve for their apathy.

It's got to the state now where it needs to happen, for us to evolve as a species, we need to cull the weak, stupid and apathetic masses, they are too much of a burden.

The masses are to blame for this situation, how the hell did they ever fall into the trap of allowing a few handful of criminal, evil people at the top control them so easily. Society makes me sick.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:27 | 892174 frankoo
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 Look at it this way. Ignorant humanoids just lesson the competition.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:52 | 890422 asdasmos
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While Jersey Shore viewership is up over 100%......

 

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:32 | 890541 andybev01
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Does that mean 2 people are watching it now?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:06 | 890872 Cincitucky
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Made me laugh.

The AI cashcow was sent to the slaughter house now that Simon is gone.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:54 | 890427 lamont cranston
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Who paid for the collagen treatment on Mr Tyler's lips? Honey Pie loves the damn show, I just leave and grab drinks, hoping it's not on where I choose to imbibe.

POMO = Patently Obvious Manipulation Organization 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:07 | 890466 Problem Is
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"Who paid for the collagen treatment on Mr Tyler's lips?"

LOL. The same agent that paid for the inplants in Lopez's ass...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:18 | 890510 Bastiat
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I'm not a fan of Lopez but still I'm willing to bet she can get all the ass implants she wants for free.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:35 | 890549 andybev01
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I'll implant her for free...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:09 | 890647 Bastiat
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I rest my case.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:54 | 891136 Problem Is
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Hilarious...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:27 | 890532 FatFingered
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Ahh...Restylane!...hello...like duh...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:54 | 890429 dick cheneys ghost
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is a fed bailout on the way?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:55 | 890434 midtowng
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I don't know how people can watch so-called reality TV. It's the worst of both worlds: it's not reality and it doesn't have real actors.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:56 | 890437 Grimbaldus The ...
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Good. Fuck 'Em.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:57 | 890439 John McCloy
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  And the markets autopilot up on the news as eventual American Idol cancellation has been now baked into the markets. What a ponz.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:58 | 890443 lsbumblebee
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Expect to see ads for ShamWow this season.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:12 | 892129 Jeffrey Lebowski
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Youre gonna love my nuts.....V. Schlomo

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 13:58 | 890444 What a mess_man
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Tyler looks old, but he still has the screech and is still hounding young girls so all is well...

 

Seriously guys - I know we all love to goof (and I am being very nice here) on the 'sheeple' who watch the boob tube all the time in lieu of knowing what is going on and/or getting involved with the economy, state of the nation, politics, world, etc., BUT it IS after all just entertainment.  And we all need some entertainment...

I know this is a shocker folks, but some of us know exactly what is happening, are involved in some way (even if only to prepare ourselves), and actually own igadgets and actually watch some TV (gasp!).  And some of us actually pay for these things with money we earn from actually working at a real job! (double gasp!!)  Yes it's true.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:53 | 890601 theopco
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Actually I consider being "informed" mostly a form of entertainment

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:00 | 890451 tamboo
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i blame the supramental descent.

http://www.noosphereforum.org/earth/antahkarana.html

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:03 | 890457 Problem Is
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The Answer Is Simple...
Amerikan Idiot... I mean Idol... has entered the "we need porn star contestants" stage... (Or Lopez could judge in nothing but a butt plug)...

Amerikan Idiot 18-49 Year Old Demographic
Do us all a favor... Put down the 6 pack, kill your TeeVee (Hey, a chance to use that new Browning .45) and read something...

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 18:35 | 891557 Fearless Rick
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Speaking of Tyler, the real Tyler Durden will be on VH1 tonight at 8:00 pm ET. Fight Club, boyz and bitchez!

Check yer local listings, but ya gotta have cable. I have cable for comedy (CNBC), sports (part of my business, and takes the edge off) and the occasional movie.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:32 | 892183 frankoo
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We all need to just relax and leave it on The Weather Channel.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:07 | 890469 Mr.Really.Fed.Up
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Thoroughly enjoyed it last night. New hosts were great.

and by the way, if you didn't appreciate it, WHO CARES!

 

I'm in my late 50's

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:07 | 890470 JonNadler
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Oh my, I hope they don't start reading ZH and realize gold is their only salvation. We were counting on the American Idol and the Dance with Stars to keep the sheeple dumb for at least two more years. What's JAmie going to do now

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:14 | 890495 irishgurl4
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Don't worry, I had a conversation today with people who think gold and silver are useless and have no place in the coming future.  Yeah, these people actually see the coming crash and think PMs are "old fashioned" and will "fade away."  All I say is, more for me.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:09 | 892121 Jeffrey Lebowski
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So tell me this then Irishgurl; If gold hits 4K per oz, are you a buyer at that price? Who is ?

 

Hmmmmm....?

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 07:30 | 892735 JonNadler
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the people who were too stupid to buy it at 1350

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:08 | 890471 Lone Mad Minute...
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No, no no.... Cows need to be kept calm as they are being led into the slaughter house. Where are the morlocks?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:10 | 890479 Ecoman11
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It's only a matter of time before the hundreth monkey effect kicks in.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:15 | 890497 Sudden Debt
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Maybe they all switched to "The Dog Whisperer" or "Flip That House" ?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:17 | 890506 cbxer55
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Never watched it once. Stupid is as stupid does. Hope it gets shit-canned. That'll really bug my wife and daughter though, its their favorite show. Sorry to say.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:26 | 890531 Sudden Debt
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That'll really bug my wife and daughter though, its their favorite show

That what they call LAWINFORCEMENT.

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:17 | 890508 profoundlogic
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Fabulous.  Maybe more Texans will actually pay attention and notice Perry is milking the state for his $9000 per month luxury rental.  Huge budget cuts coming, but not for the gov because they don't have budget deficits in Texas.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:22 | 890520 onlymyopinion
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IMO, effects of Wealth creation over the past 12-18 months.  Last year people stayed home and watched TV's as budgets were stressed.  If anyone's been to a mall or restaurant lately you know people just ain't sitting around watching TV.  They're out doing some consuming and stimulating the economy.  All in all, I feel this is a very positive indicator as to the strength of the recovery.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:59 | 890613 jus_lite_reading
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At first, I thought you were being facetious. Then it dawned on me- you're HarryWanker reincarnate!

Baaaaah baaaaaah!

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:26 | 890529 John Law Lives
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<<<  Bloomberg reports that American Idol averaged 26.1 million viewers to the two-hour opening of the 10th season on News Corp.’s Fox TV, a drop from past years that may jeopardize the network’s ratings dominance. The audience shrank 13 percent from the 29.9 million who watched last year’s debut, according to initial Nielsen Co. data released by the networks. And while the show is likely not threatened by this...  >>>

OMG.  I am sure Fox is worried sick that ONLY 26.1 million viewers tuned in its program. Viewership for the season premier in season 1 was reportedly 9.9 million viewers. Viewership for the season finale last year was reportedly 24.22 million.

From Reuters:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110120/tv_nm/us_americanidol_1

"By Jill Serjeant – 21 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A revamped "American Idol" dominated U.S. television on its first outing....

The numbers still crushed all other programing on Wednesday night."

Yes, Americans are turning off their TV sets in droves and gearing up for the muni bond Armageddon that is surely coming.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:28 | 890534 Sudden Debt
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THAT'S WHY I LOVE THE INTERNET!

So easy to predict what tomorrows newspaper headlines will be :)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:38 | 890561 John Law Lives
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Remember what Gordon Gekko told the neophyte, Bud Fox...

"If you're not inside, you are outside, ok?"

http://www.hark.com/clips/qchhwvywmt-if-you-are-not-inside-you-are-outside

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:50 | 890590 Sudden Debt
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And what if your standing with one foot inside and one foot outside? You know, transit.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:04 | 890630 John Law Lives
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You tell me.  What if?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:11 | 890655 countryboy42
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And what if your standing with one foot inside and one foot outside?

Then you're doing the Hokey-Pokey. Crap, what if that IS what it's all about?

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:13 | 890663 John Law Lives
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Ha!  Good one!

+100

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:28 | 890706 countryboy42
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Thanks! I'll be here all week. Don't forget to try the veal, and tip your server.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:27 | 890705 Sudden Debt
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I THINK YOU JUST SOLVED THE QUESTION ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIVE!!

:) +100

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 23:24 | 892257 -Michelle-
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Mr. Debt, you've been doing a lot of bold exclaiming lately.  It makes me laugh each time I see it because I picture your avatar yelling excitedly.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:43 | 890573 adeptus
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In other news... EU Carbon trading on 'bank holiday' until Jan 26th. Why? The exchange got hacked as bandits made out with 38 Million.

http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/carbon-trading-halted-after-hack-exchange-012011

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:43 | 890574 Rodent Freikorps
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Just saw the Man vs Food carnivore special last night.

I may have to watch that show. That was some quality TV.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:46 | 890577 plocequ1
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The only channel i watch is Sundance. The only real channel out there. Thanks Robert Redford

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:40 | 892199 frankoo
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Dummy down on "Ax Men", you'll love it. Better yet, "Swamp men".

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:50 | 890587 Agent P
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I can't believe this is on Bloomberg top stories.  Has it really come to this?

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:01 | 890619 someguy
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Since I live in Canada can someone help me understand, is it really that bad in the US?  I read that the unemployment rate for college graduates in the US is about 5%.  So is this telling me that there is still a middle class and an upper middle class that goes about their daily activities, paying bills and spending discretionary income on discretionary items, while the underclass that are unemployed and on food stamps don't matter anyway - they don't have enough purchasing power in the first place to materially change numbers to the upside, so if they're even more broke than before they don't have enough purchasing power to materially change numbers to the downside.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:28 | 890703 jus_lite_reading
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Yes, it is that bad, perhaps worse. Do some DD on the real state of affairs in the US- the root cause of the problems we face today is related to GREED. Go to Summit NJ where bankers are building mega mansions like there is no tomorrow- we're talking homes with HVAC systems that cost upwards of $500k! Just for HVAC! At the very same time, an all time record 44 million Americans are on food stmaps, 19% real unemployment rate and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

That being said, the situation in the EU is far worse structurally- would you invest in any nation (or group of nations) that is on the verge of disintegration? I feel pity for all those bond investors holding EU debt. They will get wiped out 80-90%.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:36 | 890730 anony
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Middle class and upper middle classes and upper upper middles are shrinking.

It's not the destination as much as the journey, is it?

Sliding down the ladder are more and more millions each year.  The newest study has found that 66% of colleges don't teach and require one damned thing from students who stucture their own nonsense curricula, requiring no writing of any kind of paper over a paltry 20 pages a year. Math? Learning and Clear thinking? Cognitive challenges?  Forget 'em.

A whole buncha educational (indocrinational), financial, sociological and cultural issues have coalesced to yield a populace woefully unprepared for the competition from those other countries, the people within them who are hungry, ambitious, and benefitting from global corporations that have decided to give up on the american workforce and plant their corporate flags in their backyard.

 

 

 

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:05 | 890632 lynnybee
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There is a hidden agenda behind all this "reality t.v. stuff", too !   THINK OUTSIDE the BOX, PEOPLE !  ......... Blubbering, wailing, helpless, grateful, low-class, dependent-type people being the grateful recipients of new homes (ABC Extreme Makeover / House Edition) or any of these shows with give-aways & crying audiences.... even OPRAH is into it now !  ......... whatever happened to the strong family / wholesome shows ! ......... right up to the early 90's we had some kind of "family-oriented, working father in the home" shows !  .......... SOMETHING IS FISHY HERE / TPTB working behind the scenes to present a different, more helpless & grateful-for-crumbs facade.     JOHN WAYNE ROLE MODEL is NOWHERE to be SEEN !  (seemed like a great day to buy more silver & try to extricate myself from the corrupt banking system, so I did it ! & I feel powerful & great today ! )

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:14 | 890667 cramers_tears
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Jeff Bridges is the new John Wayne.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:56 | 892091 Jeffrey Lebowski
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Ive been saying for years.... Im a John Wayne kind of guy living in a John Ritter kind of world....Im fucked, this I know

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:54 | 892225 frankoo
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Not to run down "The Duke", but he gave our high school graduation speech (62) and was so drunk he had to be helped on and off the stage. Ya ha, little fella.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:07 | 890640 Irwin Fletcher
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About the only time I hear American and Idol put together is when I'm reading ZH. I prefer stories about guys like Bang Dae-Ho and Yu Arafuka.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:10 | 890651 Dr. Porkchop
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Uh Oh, the proles are ignoring the circus... time for another national emergency. DHS Code fucking red.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:25 | 890698 someguy
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Just got a text message from someone I co-watch the markets with: "Ben woke up!".

 

Done.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:50 | 890793 crosey
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Have not read all the comments, so this may have already been expressed, namely, that the 13% missing from the audience are now working their second job to make ends meet.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:52 | 890801 Dr. Porkchop
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Time for a new reality show about America's unemployed.

 

Amercian Idle.

 

That was too easy, it must have been done already.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 17:47 | 891395 andybev01
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+1

I needed that :-)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:05 | 890869 MiddleMeThis
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It's probably hard to hook up to cable when you're homeless and jobless.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:15 | 890917 jedimarkus
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At least Jersey Shore is here for us.... keep the circus going....

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:44 | 891067 lynnybee
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O.M.G. .... O.M.G. ... ... I cancelled my cable over 3 months ago & am currently visiting my daughter in a different city.   She gets FOX BUSINESS NEWS.   DENNIS KNEALE is now on FOX BUSINESS NEWS !!!!......... when did this happen ! ?   How does he get a job when I can't even find an $8.50 job !! ?? ........ i'm in shock & disbelief .

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 17:17 | 891278 SteveNYC
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If you're a "shill", its a bullmarket for jobs!

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 18:27 | 891535 StychoKiller
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Google "Tatting" -- it's a dying art in need of some practitioners.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 17:16 | 891273 SteveNYC
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I think viewers are just migrating to Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, and anything else that numbs the brain delivered via the media of of a screen.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 18:24 | 891520 tajitj
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Have to admit I watched it, I have watched the first rounds a couple of years. I thought Tyler and Lopez would kill it and make it unwatchable, but for whatever reason I kind of liked Tyler, not Lopez so much. Also the way they produce it with the sad stories and telegraphing the people who suck and people who are moving on need work. Oh well, after a couple of weeks the winner will be as forgetable as ever before. Other than Ruben, the gray haired guy, Talor Swift?, I don't know who has won over the last decade.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:26 | 891986 Sokhmate
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Bring the

JabbaWockeeZ

back.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:35 | 892024 DavidC
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Tyler,
You (guys?!)are so spot on! Hilarious, dangerous, accurate!

DavidC

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:40 | 892038 One_Eyed_Pony
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Ratings Down 13%?

Maybe because people are tired of the 47 minutes in commercials for a 1 hour segment/show.

 

with all this garbage on corporate mind control PRIME TIME... all that's left in America is SOUTHPARK.

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 05:55 | 892691 slvrizgold
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I am not drooling in front of my TV set, I am busy buying silver and silver miners into this dip.

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