Despite lower ratings and a lousy economy, the ‘Idols Live 2009′ version did virtually the same as ‘Idols Live 2008′ in terms of attendance.
MJ has all the gory stats. The 52 shows filled 85.6 percent of seats vs. 85.3 percent in 2008. Attendance was about 483,000 vs. 482,000 in 2008. Since ticket prices were slightly higher, revenues were up from $29.3 million to $30 million. If you believe Chris Sligh’s take, the attendees each pocketed about $200,000 so the “talent” took home just 6 percent of the total revenues. I can’t imagine that’s how it works with Madonna!
Of the eight sellotus this year, we here in Atlanta were one of them. And it seems the folks in New England really loved this year’s Idols (despite generating virtually none ever). The last five shows in that region sold out.
The biggest year in revenues and percentage of tickets sold is still season five. That’s considered the watermark season by many folks. In fact, let me provide a poll asking folks which is their favorite season so far.
On pure percentage of seats filled, here’s the order of the eight tours so far, from best to worst:
1-season five -Taylor’s year (96.1%)
2-season four – Carrie’s year (89.7%)
3. seaon eight – Kris’s year (85.6%)
4. season seven – David’s year (85.4%)
5. season two – Ruben’s year(85.2%)
6. season one – Kelly’s year (82.2%)
7. season six – Jordin’s year (68.1%)
8. season three – Fantasia’s year (59.7%)
This is an interesting referendum on the popularity of these past seasons. Below are my rankings for the seasons from best to worst. I hate to place season one so low because of Kelly Clarkson and the fact it was season one. But the talent pool was pretty shallow relatively speaking that year. And it’s still pretty clear season six was a relative bust.
–Hollywood Reporter says Simon Cowell is trying to bring his “Idol”-like “X Factor” stateside in exchange for two more seasons of “Idol.” This could mean up to $100 million a year for the man. Could his “X Factor” cannibalize “Idol” though? That’s probably what has kept the show from coming here in the first place. Cowell found Leona Lewis thanks to “X Factor.”
The story also noted that Cowell could bring Abdul to his show. Boy, that would muddy the waters, he? And when would they air X Factor? It would work in the summer, perhaps, since Fox has moved SYTYCD to the fall.