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'American Idol' has solid 13th season launch - but not great either

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. answer questions from the press on the AMERICAN IDOL XIII stage in Boston, MA. (Sept. 4, 2013) Credit: Fox

Yes, "American Idol" is still alive and kicking, but this does appear to be a good news bad news scenario for Fox. Being eternal optimists and "Idol" fans, let's start with the good:

 - Last night's two-hour 13th sesaon launch wsa seen by 15.2 million viewers over two hours, and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49. Both figures place "Idol" up near the top in season launches this season. 

- The less good news: That's way off from last season's launch of 17.9 million, when a certain rubber-necking affect - would Mariah Carey punch out Niicki Minaj on live TV?  - may have lead to a larger than normal turnout. Who knows. Last night's number is still good, and if the show and Fox (and maybe the press) can get away from the numbers, the show might can actuallyl be able to get down to business and find us one of those superstars it's been promising. The new edition is better...

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