Back in the days when American Idol used to be watchable, I would call my mom or my friends back east to find out who was eliminated. It is one of the things that sucks about living on the West Coast. Except for the Oscars and the Golden Globes, we have to wait three hours to find out what is happening in the world of television.
Not anymore because ABC announced that American Idol will air live at the same time all across the country for three weeks starting this Sunday. That means, if I were watching, then I would be able to watch it with my friends in NYC, Chicago and Denver simultaneously. But since I and most of America are not watching, it will be interesting to see if people in Seattle will give up their Sunday fun day to watch Idol at 5p PDT. I wouldn’t anymore. Will you?
It is an interesting risk that ABC is taking because the singing competition is already doing poorly in the ratings, and this is going to hurt their numbers even more. Maybe, I am wrong, and people will want to tune in to see the Top Ten become one. But I doubt it since they have not been watching as it is.