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“American Idol” hit a series low on Thursday night, dropping to a 2.7 in the key demo and 11.03 million viewers. If 10 million is the benchmark for disaster, then it’s just around the corner. At this rate, the moment could come earlier than May 8th, when “The Voice” will put a show up against an episode of “Idol.” Of course “Idol” won the night last night anyway, beating a lot of weak shows and reruns. Advertisers will look at the sheer numbers and see that of all people watching TV last night, most of them were seeing “Idol.” But still– every week “Idol” sinks lower and lower. And in the key demo, “The Voice” is killing it already and it’s only been back for one week. That 2.7 means “Idol” is skewing older and older– not the audience that buys and downloads music. It’s more or less tying with “Grey’s Anatomy” (which should have  been cancelled eons ago) and Kerry Washington’s cool “Scandal.” Now let’s see how “The Voice” does this coming Monday.

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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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    SHE IS BRINGING IT TO ALL TIME LOW WITH HER ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Roger if you will allow me. Fox has two singing contests back to back. They have to decide, do they want AI or do they want XF. It’s overkill and the TV audience is sick of all the singing contests. They’ve run their course.

  3. The judges are fantastic, but all of them are so far removed from Rock, its not funny, and its THERE, that lies the problem.

    I am NOT prejudice so forgive me. But what is up with all the black singers this year? Not a one of them is AMERICAN IDOL, except for maybe hootchie mama. The show turned away from landing FUN, EXCITING and MAGNETIC rockers… Idol this year is like going to the symphony… except our one exciting rocker girl.

    They allowed a few black guys to stay, but let go the big white dude with the hair, that sang loud, exciting, blues/rock? Idiots…. So with this I say, we need Ozzy Osborn, Steven Tyler, Quiet Riot, or some other force to BALANCE the pasty choices the judges keep going after.

    On this show, with Randy leading the “this is a singing competition” thing, guys like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Billy IDol, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison or Joan Jett, couldnt have made it past round 1……….. GET WITH IT JUDGES…. and… get with it Producer Simon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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