Talk:American Idol

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Former good article American Idol was one of the good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Date Process Result
May 20, 2006 Peer review Reviewed
May 24, 2006 Good article nominee Listed
May 25, 2006 Good article reassessment Delisted
Current status: Delisted good article
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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for American Idol:
  • Thorough copyedit.
  • Delink unnecessary links.
  • Weed out unnecessary garbage so one can read entire article within the span of a day
  • Refrain from posting Season Finale results until after the completion of the show has been aired in all time zones e.g. West Coast. Or at least post a Spoiler Alert. (In coming to this page during Season 9's finale to find out which past winner was missing during their performance, West Coast viewers got a surprise to see the winner's name already posted.)
Priority 9

Semi-protected edit request on 21 February 2014[edit]

How many times do I have to tell you? American Idol (Season 13) will be the 1st time in 13 years to say the "Treasure Of Rainbow Beard's Motto" and sing the "I Wish" song, from the "Care Bears Big Wish Movie" in television history! So, could you please put the "Treasure Of Rainbow Beard's Motto" and the song, "I Wish," from the "Care Bears Big Wish Movie," please!

Ratings section[edit]

The ratings section mentions that Idol broke a record formerly held by All in the Family and The Cosby Show by being the highest rated show for a 6th year in a row in Season 9, but I'm pretty sure this actually occurred in Season 8. Season 9 would have been the 7th time and Season 10 was the 8th and final time. I would fix it myself but I wanted to make sure I didn't read or count wrong or something. MarkMc1990 (talk) 01:48, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

It's been discussed before here. Season 3 was #1 if you consider Tuesday and Wednesday episode separately, #2 if you consider the show as a whole. You can put in 6th consecutive #1 by season 8 if you wish, just make sure that you word it correctly and properly sourced. Hzh (talk) 09:01, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
Oh ok, I see now. I'm jsut curious because I don't really understand how this ratings stuff works (terrible because I was a marketing major) but how is it possible for the Tuesday show to be the most watched program by itself but the Wednesday show factored in causes it to lose that distinction overall? Do Wednesdays ratings bring down the "average" between the two or something?
Yes, once you averaged the numbers, it gets somewhere in the middle of the two numbers (not exactly middle because Tuesday and Wednesday shows are not of the same length). In both Season 3 and 4, the Tuesday episode was #1, the Wednesday episode was #3. It just so happens that in Season 3 once you average the viewing figures, the average number is lower than the #2 show which was CSI, but higher in season 4.
The ratings system is in fact a bit of a mess, because of the way the news outlets chose to report the ratings changes over the years. In the past they preferred to use household ratings, then they chose total number of viewers, now they are slowly moving to 18/49 demo. Which is fine, but they don't always report all the different numbers. So depending on which method they use, the ranking can change, which makes it difficult to compare TV ranking across the ages. The numbers using the same method can also change depending on what others adjustment they make. Hzh (talk) 18:47, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 May 2014[edit]

Please put the "Treasure Of Rainbow Beard's Motto" and the song "I Wish," from the Care Bears Big Wish Movie for the 13th Season of American Idol. Once more, and it will be the only way to make things right and the thing that you need to succeed in this world, and "go back onstage and make sure that you guys are all in the same place." 174.95.203.208 (talk) 15:44, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: as you have not requested a change.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to any article. - Arjayay (talk) 18:30, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 May 2014[edit]

Add seasons for the judges and producers and hosts, the years might confuse some people. It confuses me, which is why i think it'd be easier to add seasons instead of years. 108.206.221.5 (talk) 17:19, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: The "Judges and hosts" section has a color-coded table with season tenures for the judges and hosts. I can see how the years can be confusing for the directors, but I think we should establish a consensus to change it first, since it is in the infobox. Some people may find the years helpful. Best, Mz7 (talk) 20:28, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

American Idol trivia attribution notice[edit]

Material from American Idol trivia was merged to American Idol on 24 March 2006 but no longer constitutes any part of the article. Per WP:MAD#Record authorship and delete history, I am listing the users that contributed to that article. They are: Chanlyn (creator; 17:58, 29 January 2006), CrazyC83 (4 edits from 21:35, 29 January 2006 – 23:50, 23 February 2006), 68.92.196.232 (2 edits from 23:50, 11 February 2006‎ - ‎23:51, 11 February 2006), 71.241.144.161 (04:20, 18 February 2006), Zpb52 (01:47, 18 March 2006), RG2 (merger; 19:29, 24 March 2006). For more information, please see the deletion discussion at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2015 June 1#American Idol trivia. Thanks, Tavix | Talk  21:19, 8 June 2015 (UTC)