Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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