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J.Lo’s ‘American Idol’ Duet With Tyler Makes Fans Forget Cowell

“American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have accomplished something their sharp-tongued predecessor Simon Cowell couldn’t do for four years: stem viewer losses at TV’s most-watched show.

With seven weeks left in the twice-weekly talent competition, “Idol” is averaging 25 million viewers a night, matching last year, according to the Los Angeles-based Fox, which has aired the show since its 2002 inception. The program has lost viewers since 2007.