‘American Idol’ is on track to win the U.S. hearts and minds

The American Idol franchise is in its final week of competition and the show’s third season is off to a roaring start, according to an ESPN Insider analysis.With the season finale tonight (Tuesday), “American Idol” is currently the No. 1 U.K. cable-news hit and has already averaged 4.2 million viewers per episode on ESPN.That is…