Ellen Degeneres will be the Fourth American Idol Judge

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Ellen Degeneres spoke on her talk show about her choice as the fourth judge of the Fox mega hit show American Idol. “Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres said on her syndicated talk show Thursday. “I sit at home and I watch it, and I don’t have that technical … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.”

Degeneres replaces Paula Abdul who had a rather public contract negotiation battle wit hthe show’s producers which resulted in her leaving the show where she has served as a judge and unofficial mentor to the contestants since 2002.

Although she has no music experience, many fans across the Internet welcome the idea of Degeneres as a judge as her opinion will be just like theirs.

Look for Degeneres to take on her role as judge when she joins show judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest for the 9th season of Idol beginning in January.

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Primetime Ratings Week of August 10-August 16 2009

Source: USA Today

Network top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions
1.
12
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 9) NBC 12.9
2.
15
60 Minutes CBS 12.0
3.
20
America’s Got Talent (Wednesday at 9) NBC 11.8
4. 6 NCIS CBS 9.2
5.
11
Two and a Half Men CBS 8.8
6.
38
Big Bang Theory CBS 8.6
7.
76
Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 7.6
*
8
The Mentalist CBS 7.6
9.
76
Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 7.5
10.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Monday) ABC 7.3
11.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Thusday) ABC 7.2
12.
15
CSI: Miami CBS 7.1
13.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Sunday) ABC 7.0
14.
53
Hell’s Kitchen Fox 6.9
15.
80
Big Brother (Tuesday) CBS 6.8
*
7
CSI CBS 6.8
17.
20
CSI: NY CBS 6.7
18.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Wednesday) ABC 6.5
19.
65
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 8pm) NBC 6.3
*
95
Dateline NBC 6.3
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 9) NBC 4.7
2. Hell’s Kitchen Fox 4.2
3. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday at 9) NBC 4.0
4. Big Bang Theory CBS 3.6
5. Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 3.5
6. Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 3.4
7. Family Guy (Sunday at 9) Fox 3.3
* 60 Minutes CBS 3.3
9. Big Brother (Tuesday) CBS 3.2
* Two and a Half Men CBS 3.2
11. Family Guy (Sunday at 8:30) Fox 3.1
12. Family Guy (Sunday at 9:30) Fox 3.0
* Simpsons Fox 3.0
14. Wipeout ABC 2.9
15. Manana para Siempre (Wednesday) Uni 2.8
16. Manana para Siempre (Thursday) Uni 2.7
17. Manana para Siempre (Tuesday) Uni 2.6
* Manana para Siempre (Monday) Uni 2.6
19. NCIS CBS 2.5
20. Manana para Siempre (Friday) Uni 2.4
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Cable top 15
Rank Show name Network Day, time Viewers in millions
1. The Closer TNT Mon. at 9 7.0
2. WWE Raw USA Mon., 10 5.8
3. Royal Pains USA Thurs. at  10 5.6
4. Monk USA Fri. at 9 5.3
5. WWE Raw USA Mon. at 9 5.2
6. Cardinals/Steelers ESPN Thurs. at 8 4.8
7. Ratatouille Disney Sat. at 8 4.6
8. NCIS USA Mon. at 8 4.2
* Psych USA Fri. at 10 4.2
10. Suite Life on Deck Disney Fri. at 8:35 4.1
* Wizards of Waverly Place Disney Fri. at 8 4.1
12. Army Wives Lifetime Sun. at 10 4.0
* NCIS USA Thurs. at  8 4.0
14. NCIS USA Thurs. at 9 3.8
* The O’Reilly Factor Fox News Mon. at 8 3.8
* The O’Reilly Factor Fox News Wed. at 8 3.8
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Spotlight: Tops with women 18-34
Show Viewers
1 America’s Got Talent (Tues., NBC) 1.2 million
2 Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) 1.1 million
3 Family Guy (Sun. at 9, Fox) 900,000
4 Family Guy (Sun. at  8:30, Fox) 880,000
5 Big Brother (Sun.  CBS) 860,000
6 America’s Got Talent (Wed., NBC) 850,000
7 The Simpsons (Fox) 830,000
8 Big Brother (Thurs., CBS) 820,000
* Family Guy (Sun.  at 9:30, Fox) 820,000
10 Big Brother (Tues.  at CBS) 800,000

Primtime Ratings Week of July 13-19

Network top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. All-Star Game Fox 14.6
2.
2
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday, 9) NBC 13.5
3.
1
America’s Got Talent (Wednesday, 9) NBC 11.6
4. All-Star Pregame Fox 11.2
5.
6
NCIS CBS 10.5
6.
9
Two and a Half Men CBS 9.1
7.
8
The Mentalist CBS 8.4
8.
39
The Big Bang Theory CBS 8.2
9.
13
CSI: Miami CBS 8.0
*
18
CSI: NY CBS 8.0
*
65
The Bachelorette ABC 8.0
12.
6
CSI CBS 7.7
*
54
Wipeout ABC 7.7
14. Remembering Cronkite CBS 7.6
15.
18
America’s Got Talent [Tuesday at  8 ] NBC 7.5
*
12
Criminal Minds CBS 7.5
17.
50
So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday) Fox 7.2
18.
37
Law & Order: SVU NBC 7.1
19.
50
So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday) Fox 7.0
20.
88
America’s Got Talent [Wednesday at  8] NBC 6.5
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. All-Star Game Fox 6.2
2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday) NBC 4.8
3. All-Star Pregame Fox 4.4
4. America’s Got Talent [Wednesday at 9] NBC 3.9
5. Two and a Half Men CBS 3.6
* The Bachelorette ABC 3.6
7. The Big Bang Theory CBS 3.5
* Wipeout ABC 3.5
9. So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday) Fox 3.4
* So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday) Fox 3.4
11. Big Brother (Tuesday) CBS 2.8
12. Law & Order: SVU NBC 2.7
13. Simpsons (Sunday, 9:30) Fox 2.6
* Manana para Siempre (Tuesday) Uni 2.6
*. Family Guy Fox 2.6
* America’s Got Talent [Tuesday at 8] NBC 2.6
* Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 2.6
18. Manana para Siempre (Monday) Uni 2.5
* NCIS CBS 2.5
* Rules of Engagement CBS 2.5
* The Newlyweds ABC 2.5
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Cable top 15
Rank Show name Network Day  Time Viewers in millions
1. Wizards on Deck w/Hannah Disney Fri. at  8 9.3
2. Home Run Derby ESPN Mon. at  8:18 8.2
3. Burn Notice USA Thurs. at 9 6.7
4. The Closer TNT Mon. at  9 6.6
5. Royal Pains USA Thurs. at  10 6.2
6. Hannah Montana Disney Fri. at  9:30 6.1
* Home Run Derby Prelude ESPN Mon. at 8 6.1
8. WWE Raw USA Mon. at 10 5.5
9. Spongebob Nick Sun. at  9 5.4
10. Spongebob Nick Sun. at  8:30 5.2
11. Spongebob Nick Sun. at  7:30 5.1
12. Spongebob Nick Sun. at 8 5.0
13. WWE Raw USA Mon. at 9 4.9
* Spongebob Nick Sun. at 7 4.9
15. Spongebob Nick Sun. at 9:30 4.7
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7