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"American Idol" (FOX, January 18)
Last winter when "American Idol" started its 10th season, the big question was whether or not viewers would abandon the show without Simon Cowell. Not only did viewers stick around for Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Company, but they also crowned a winner in Scotty McCreery whose early album sales place him far ahead of the recent crop of cookie-cutter "Idol" winners. So this year's big question: Will the fall performance by "The X Factor," viewed as only a moderate success despite Cowell's presence, leave FOX audiences with TSF, or Talent Search Fatigue? Our hunch? Even if "Idol" slips a bit, it will still continue to be the show against which all others are measured, at least for another couple seasons.