Power has potential but not as part of the World Snooker tour. I like it as a global location to location "circus" where the best pool and snooker players are invited along for a one off weekend event. The way they have a record score chart and other stats means in years to come you can have a good set of stats from a lot of good players from all cuesports. I don't see it as a serious league format or seperate tour or anything. It will definitely appeal to children with its computer game nature and get the next generation picking up a cue.
The Shootout has been great. I went in open minded, thought it was rubbish and then came back and watched tonights session in a better frame of mind and thoroughly enjoyed every second. It's great seeing all of the top 64 on tv, and it's funny watching the players decision making, like running down the clock early on and running round the table at the end, and running the clock down and messing up because they weren't ready for the pips.
The crowds were pretty similar to me. I saw something Tubber wrote earlier and he like many seem to judge Power Snooker on the drunken yob nature of the crowd that we are so good at in England rather than the innovation of the format. Well the crowd in the Shootout will probably be at its worst on the Saturday evening session when some are intent on getting slaughtered, but many will have to drive home tomorrow and feel hungover from today so it could be more respectful tomorrow. Either way, you can't always judge a format on the crowd who go to watch it.