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American Idol” took a beating last night. Even though it was the first live show of the season, “AI” drew just a 3.4 rating. It was first–NCIS had a 3.3 in the key 18-49 demo. But “AI” had almost ha;f as many total viewers. NCIS had 20.35 million vs. AI’s 11.49. Week by week the numbers are dropping for “Idol.” It was thought a live show might do the trick, but apparently not. And what’s interesting is that the contestants are good– there’s a lot of talented players this season, and it should be a hot race to the finish line. But the judges aren’t popping, so to speak. There’s no frisson, no action. Ah for the days of Simon Cowell insulting everyone! Audience wise, “AI” finished third for the night. NCIS: Los Angeles had a much bigger 15.95 million. Maybe “Idol” should change its name to “NCIS: Idol” and kill off someone each week. Just kidding! Tonight’s show, the second one ‘live’ from Las Vegas, had better show some life. Otherwise Nigel Lythgoe is going to have make some changes. According to our poll, adding an animal or pet of some kind would help. Get the little monkey, Finley,  from “OZ” that’s my suggestion.

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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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  1. I think the judges are getting paid to sink the show this season. I think American Idol needs to say bye-bye already. I am so disappointed in the four judges and who they have put through…letting go the great ones. I don’t know how they out who they put through. BORING show!! And…Mariah first looking into the camera or looking at who knows what. She looks awkward and seems to have a problem with eye contact with the contestants. Randy…he needs to go!

    What a boring and horrible season from day one!

  2. American idol is terrible. Worst i have seen in many many years of watching the show.
    The top twenty picks by the judges have so surprised me. They picked Charlie really??? And the big girl from Nigeria ? Who are we kidding???

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