Funny thing about numbers. Sometimes they just don't make sense.
Tuesday night's "Idol Gives Back" marathon on Fox whacked the other network competition, but its audience was still measureably smaller than it was in 2007. That, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research.
The two-and-a-half-hour show averaged about 17.5 million viewers (compared to 10.4 million for CBS), but that's quite a dip from last season's 26.9 million folks who were watching.
On the bonus side, the celeb-filled show already has blown by last year's in terms of money raised. The Associated Press reports that "Idol Gives Back" already tops $225 million (vs. $76 million in 2007). Keep in mind, a huge chunk of that change comes from a $200-million contribution from Britain for mosquito nets for malaria victims in Africa.
Donations can be still made on the show's Web site. Just click here.
Tonight (at 8 on Channel 40), one more contestant goes home. Dialidol.com has five contestants (Brooke White, Michael Johns, David Cook, Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson) in the "cautionary" category. I'm going with the gal from Ireland.
Check back and see if I'm right.