TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated
The seventh-season premiere of Fox's "American Idol" may have been its lowest-rated in four years, but Fox executives say they are pleased with its performance. "I woke up thrilled this morning," said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox. "It's unbelievable how big this show is in its seventh season. If you had told me in season two this would be the biggest thing in television by 12 million viewers in its seventh year, I would have said you were crazy."