Darnell Says Tweaks to ‘Idol’ Format Worked

Jan 15, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Fox reality chief Mike Darnell says the network’s much-hyped tweaks to the “American Idol” formula are behind the show’s solid ratings debut this week.
“The creative is working,” Mr. Darnell said Thursday. “People like [new judge] Kara [DioGuardi]. The word of mouth is good. … Our creative changes seem to be having an effect.”
Mr. Darnell said the proof of that is the fact that, for the first time in five years, “Idol” saw its adults 18-49 ratings increase between its Tuesday and Wednesday premieres.
“People wanted to see more the next night,” Mr. Darnell said.
Mr. Darnell’s overall reaction to the two-night “Idol” season bow?
“I was good (Wednesday),” he said. “I’m better today.”


  1. Dont like the fact that he credits Kara for the ratings boost. Is he forgetting that Paula, Simon and Randy have kept it nr 1 for Seven years? and when Kara was the only female judge on a TV show, it got cancelled after Two episodes. I think Kara is ok, dont get me wrong, but I dont think he should credit her for the boost.

  2. All of a sudden, a new judge shows up and she is given all of the credit. If it wasn’t for Simon,
    Paula and Randy, that maintained the shows ratings, it would have failed years ago.
    In order for anything to succeed, it takes teamwork. All Kara is, hopefully, a new team member to add some pazzaz.
    She certainly is not the sole reason for the shows continuing prosperity.
    Mike Darnell, hurray for you.

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