- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cool reception

Is “American Idol” losing its luster among wannabe stars?

Well, maybe in Puerto Rico.

Only about 300 aspiring singers showed up for Saturday’s auditions on the tropical island, TMZ.com says, citing a report in the daily newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

By contrast, about 7,000 hopefuls turned out last month — with some camping overnight — when tryouts for season eight of the hit Fox show were held in Northern California.

Saturday’s Puerto Rico auditions marked the first time that “Idol” has ventured beyond the continental United States in search of talent.

The show’s new season begins in January.

‘Talent,’ CBS tops

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched program last week, with more than 13.8 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

CBS was the most-watched network, averaging 6.3. million prime-time viewers.

For the week of July 28 through Aug. 3, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1)”America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 13.8 million; 2) “Wipeout,” ABC, 9.7 million; 3) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.3 million; 4) “So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.8 million; and 5) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 8.7 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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