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'American Idol' slips behind 'Modern Family' - a first

"Modern Family"
Nominated: Outstanding comedy series
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"American Idol" has won its time period on Wednesday for what has been (well) pretty much forever. But not last night: It fell to "Modern Family." Didn't fall by much, a 3.8 adult 18-49 rating to a 3.9 for "Mod," but enough to end an historic run. "Idol" has certainly sensed vulnerability in recent seasons here so this comes as no surprise (and "The Big Bang Theory" has won in head-to-head runoffs before and certainly will tonight), but this is a first for "Mod." A  handul of little things are going on in "Idoland" to boost fan interest/involvement, including a dramatically ramped-up Twitter engagement with viewers that began last night; and that "Idol Across America" run Friday. 

 What's that? From "Idol:" "The “mic” will start its journey in New York City on Friday, March 1, when host Ryan Seacrest will launch the two-week, 5,000-mile trek to the IDOL stage. Local “Idols” – fans, inspirational heroes, local officials and former IDOLs – will walk, run, bike, row, drive, skateboard, line-dance, roller-skate, skip, scooter and fly the “mic,” among other means of travel, from state to state with their friends and family cheering them along the way."

  Ah, and coincidentally what day will said mic arrive in Hollywood?


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