BOYLE'S TALENT SHINES THROUGH AGAIN
Susan Boyle, the Scottish spinster who became an overnight international sensation following her initial appearance on ITV's Britain's Got Talent, presented another stunning performance on the show Sunday night, receiving a standing ovation from both the studio audience and the three-judge panel. Her rendition of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Memory" from Cats was immediately posted on the Internet, where it had been viewed nearly 25 million times by midday today (Monday). That already is a figure nearly as large as the number of viewers for last week's American Idol finale. Boyle appeared to clutch her stomach as she sang the first notes of the song slightly off key, but she quickly recovered. Asked by one of the show's hosts if she felt under tremendous pressure by all the attention paid to her since her initial appearance, she replied, "What pressure? I've really enjoyed myself here tonight." Judge Piers Morgan told her, "When the world was going through a pretty tough time and was looking for a bit of hope and inspiration, along came Susan Boyle to provide it." New episodes of Britain's Got Talent are scheduled to air every night this week, during which the finalists will be narrowed down to ten, who will compete against one another in a grand finale on Saturday.
SO HOW MANY VOTES DID ALLEN AND LAMBERT EACH GET?
Although producers of American Idol have frequently disclosed the winning margin of finalists, they have not done so in the case of last week's showdown in which Kris Allen defeated favorite Adam Lambert, several published reports, including those in the New York Times and TVGuide.com, observed on Saturday. Although the producers had maintained that nearly 100 million votes were cast in the finals, even winner Allen hasn't been apprised of how many votes he received. "I haven't heard anything," he told TVGuide.com on Friday. "Maybe they didn't [disclose the margin of victory] for a reason. I don't know." Meanwhile, Access Hollywood host Billy Bush has claimed that the vote was not close and cited a source at the Idol telecast as saying that "Kris blew out Adam Lambert." Fox has declined to comment about the tallies.
COOPER'S RATINGS COLLAPSE
The New York Post's "Page Six" column observed today (Monday) that ratings for Anderson Cooper's primetime segment on CNN have plunged since the inauguration, after peaking last year during the election race. The column noted that during this month his ratings in the 25-54 demographic are down nearly 30 percent from April and that he's now averaging fewer than 250,000 viewers in that demo. In fact, it said, he attracted only 615,000 viewers -- total -- last Tuesday. And on May 8 drew his smallest number ever -- 499,000.
BASKETBALL IS A SLAM DUNK ON SATURDAY
ABC's coverage of the Game 3 of the NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals dominated the ratings Saturday night -- and they were up from last year. The game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers averaged 6.13 million viewers, peaking in the final primetime hour at 10:00 p.m. with 7.59 million viewers. By comparison, the NBA playoff telecast for the comparable night a year ago averaged 5.5 million viewers.