The critics might have hated American Inventor, but the show racked up impressive ratings. Critics lambasted that show for being cruel and for humiliating many of the inventors. Evidently the critics forgot that’s the same criticism often labeled at the number one show on television: American Idol. With an impressive turn out for the series debut of "American Inventor," ABC won Thursday night among Total Viewers (12.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.7/13). In viewers and young adults, it was ABC’s first win on the night during the course of a TV Season — without sports — in over 3 years, since 2/6/03, the night of the Michael Jackson special. Furthermore, it was the Net’s first Adult 18-49 victory on Thursday during the TV Season with a series lineup in at least 15 years – since at least September 1991, the start of the Nielsen electronic database.
Simon Cowell is trying to recreate the American Idol magic for his new show American Inventor. On American Inventor, Matt Gallant plays the Ryan Seacrest role, and Ed Evangelista, Mary Lou Quinlan, Peter Jones, and Doug Hall play the Simon, Paula, and Randy roles. Just like American Idol, the show holds auditions in various cities across the U.S.
Mary Lou Quinlan is one of four judges on ABC’s American Inventor. Dubbed "the Oprah" of marketing by The Wall Street Journal, Mary Lou Quinlan is one of the most accomplished women in the marketing and communications industry. She is a renowned consumer strategist and the founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, a branding agency she founded in 1999, now the premier women’s marketing company in the U.S.
Peter Jones is one of four judges on ABC’s American Inventor. Peter Jones is one of the most successful and versatile businessmen in the UK, with interests spanning telecommunications, business services, fashion and real estate, as well as entertainment. As the founder of Phones International Group, Jones, 39, heads one of the most successful privately owned companies in the UK. He founded the telecommunications giant in April 1998 and has watched the company experience an explosive growth, with projected revenues expected to exceed $500 million this year.
Ed Evangelista is one of four judges on ABC’s American Inventor. Ed Evangelista is an award-winning executive creative director at the NY Headquarters of JWT, where he has spent the last eight years creating campaigns for brands including The Diamond Trading Company (formerly known as DeBeers), Rolex, Smirnoff, Elizabeth Arden, Merrill Lynch and ThermaSilk.
Doug Hall is one of four judges on ABC’s American Inventor. Doug Hall began his inventing career at age 12, inventing and selling a line of magic and juggling kits. After earning a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine, he joined Procter & Gamble, where he rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor – inventing and shipping a record nine innovations in 12 months.
Matt Gallant will be the host of ABC’s American Inventor. With a quick wit, great sense of timing and engaging personality, Matt Gallant brings a vivacious energy and a strong sense of individuality to all of his work. He can currently be seen 24/7 as a host for DirecTV. Armed with natural talent, he also shines as the host of the Animal Planet’s popular series, "The Planet’s Funniest Animals," a half-hour program that takes a hilarious peek at home video clips, bloopers and pet tricks of some of the world’s most amusing animals.
"American Inventor," an exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of "American Idol" about the biggest search ever for America’s best new invention, will premiere with a two-hour special, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, and then move to 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursdays thereafter.
Inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs of America… Have you come up with the greatest new product since the Post-It? How about a floss-dispensing pen, or bubble gum with flavor that lasts forever? Well, Simon Cowell ("American Idol") wants your brainchild for his new show, "American Inventor," to air on ABC.