The Idols Live tour played to half empty arenas last year with several dates nixed completely. Even in Atlanta, where “Idol” tends to do better than most cities and usually sells out, Gwinnett Arena had yawning acres of unsold seats.
This year should be better thanks to a much stronger array of talent. It’s been so good, “Idol” for the first time is giving us 11 singers instead of the usual ten. This year’s crew will be at Gwinnett Arena July 26. Tickets go on sale May 13, with a special pre-sale May 12. Prices are $45 to $65 ($56.05 and $77.90 after fees.)
Overall, there are 45 dates, from July 6 to Sept. 10.
- EARLY RATINGS: The show’s early numbers are 21.8 million and a 6.9/20 18-49 rating/share. That’s up 12 percent over the comparable top 6 performance show last year and flat 18-49. When final numbers are out, both will be up. My guess: 22.4 million overall and 7.1 for 18-49 rating. That is flat from a week ago, too.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog