Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mid-week musings

- If one were a betting person, who would have bet--in 1998, during the height of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal--that Al and Tipper Gore would be divorced 12 years later and that the Clintons would still be married?

- The Memorial Day weekend may have offered up good weather around most of the U.S. but that did not help the summer movie weekend get off to an auspicious start.  Both Sex In the City 2 and Prince of Persia had lackluster openings.

- Aerosmith announced that it will kick off a U.S. tour on July 23 in Oakland.  Unfortunately for fans in Kansas City, the closest the band will get to our fair city are stops in Chicago and Dallas, both in August, unless additional dates are announced at a later time.

- There actually is an online poll today on titled "Should American Idol Be Retired?"  The story represents the growing sentiment about the potential demise of FOX's 10-year hit given declining ratings, poor talent on display this season, and the departure of judge Simon Cowell.  In addition, USA Today reported today that downloads for finalists Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox are about half of the sales total of Kris Allen and Adam Lambert after the 2009 finale.

- The World Cup begins on Friday, June 11.  And, the USA begins play against England on Saturday afternoon, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Will this be the highest television rating ever for a U.S. soccer game?  The most highly ranked telecasts, for matches involving the U.S. (all on ESPN), are:  Germany-USA, 2002, 3.8 million households; Ghana-USA, 2006, 2.9 million; and Colombia-USA, 1994, 2.7 million.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know Al and Tipper Gore got divorced! Where have I been? Also, I agree... I think American Idol should be retired. This past year wasn't the same without Paula, and now that Simon's leaving... it's over.