Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ratings: “American Idol” Up A Little On Second Live Show, Handily Beating NBC Line-Up


Here’s a thought: with mostly reruns up against it on other networks, “American Idol” went up on Wednesday from Tuesday in number of viewers. “AI” scored a meager 3.7, but it was enough to win the night. The show had 12.71 million viewers from 8 to 10pm. That’s up from the night before. It’s also more than the total viewers who watched NBC from 8 to 10pm last night. NBC only had 10.96 million viewers who enjoyed two reruns of “Whitney” and one of “Law and Order: SVU.” So good for “Idol,” which still offered a kind of perplexing show. I do think the Tues-Weds pairing is better than Weds-Thurs. People are out on Thursday nights. As for NBC, bring over some of those USA Network shows like “White Collar” and “Burn Notice.”

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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