Friday, April 19, 2024

“American Idol” Down 8 Percent from Last Week as “The Voice” Looms


“American Idol” was down 8 percent last night from last Wednesday in the overnight ratings. A 3.5 in the key demo was a marked departure from 3.8 last week. “Idol” still won the night. But the trend has been to win Wednesday and get steamrolled on Thursday. This is particularly vexing since “The Voice” returns on Monday–the only show on NBC that anyone watches. And now “The Voice” has planned at least one airing directly against “Idol” during sweeps on May 8th. It’s not like “Idol” doesn’t have good contestants. I am sold on Angela Miller. Her rendition of the Beatles’ “Yesterday” last night was sensational. But “Idol” has yet to light a fire with the TV audience. I still don’t know why Mariah Carey hasn’t sung “Almost Home” from “Oz the Great and Powerful.” We’ll see what happens tonight.


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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