"Dancing w/ Stars" vs "Idol": ratings battle rages on
[This blog entry has been updated]
Looks like it's going to be another tight ratings race between Fox's "American Idol" and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" this week.
Monday's "Dancing," in which eight of the celebs and their professional dance partners did the tango and the rumba -- and Kate Gosselin treated us to another round of moaning and groaning about the tragedy that is her life and then lumbered around the dance floor for a while -- clocked 20.6 million viewers according to early stats.
Last week, "Dancing's" Monday performance show logged about 21 million viewers while "Idol's" Tuesday performance night logged 20.8 million viewers when the dust had settled.
Working in "Idol's" favor this week: it's lead-out is the highly touted return of "Glee." Also, last year's "Idol" breakout star (though not winner) Adam Lambert is this week's guest mentor on "Idol's" Tuesday performance night -- which you and I might think would help goose the singing competition's ratings. But "Idol" exec producer Ken Warwick thinks it's the other way around -- they're bringing Lambert back on to the show to help out Lambert.
"It kind of upsets me that at the moment he's not doing quite as well..." Warwick said recently of Lambert in an interview with celebrity suck-up mag Entertainment Weekly, adding, "it kind of breaks my heart to see someone with that much talent struggle a bit. So hopefully we can do back for him as he can do for us."
Lisa de Moraes
April 13, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
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