Home Uncategorized “American Idol” Wednesday Woes: Down Again in Ratings Decline

“American Idol” is still a powerhouse, winning its timeslot on Wednesday with a 3.8 rating and 13.5 million viewers. But for the night it was beaten by “Modern Family.” And for some reason, “AI” continues a downward trend week-by-week. Last Wednesday, it had a 4.1 rating. Where did everyone go? As the show moves into real competitions, the rating should be going up, not down. If the trend continues, tonight’s “AI” could be around 3.5. Someone had better do something quickly!

But TV is suffering. No one in America really watched anything on the broadcast networks last night at 10pm. “CSI,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Nashville” all came in with 1.6 ratings respectively for CBS, NBC, and ABC. A test pattern or shopping show could have done better.

My money is still on Zoanette Johnson:


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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