Paula Abdul vs. ‘American Idol’: Ratings Beatdown Or Upset? (Poll)
With the announcement that Paula Abdul’s CBS’s Live To Dance will premiere on January 4th and then move to Wednesdays at 8pm, and by my calculation will overlap on 4 Wednesdays with her former show American Idol (Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2).
No sane person could imagine Paula pulling better ratings than American Idol, but I’d consider it a ratings upset if she did better than what CBS ran against Idol in those timeslots last season.
Week 1 (1/13/10) Old Christine, Gary Unmarried: 1.9 A18-49 rating
Week 2 (1/20/10): Old Christine, Gary Unmarried 1.9 rating
Week 3 (1/27/10): Old Christine, Gary Unmarried 1.4 rating (repeats)
Week 4 (2/3/10) Super Bowl commercial special: 2.8 rating
An average of a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating over the 4 weeks.
So, let’s call it an upset if Paula averages anything over a 2.0 those 4 dates, under a 2.0 is a beat down, and exactly a 2.0 is a push.
Ratings beat down or upset? You make the call: