Monday, April 15, 2024

American Idol Hits New Low In Its History– Beaten By Many Shows Thursday Night


“American Idol” sank to a 2.7 on Thursday night, its lowest rating yet in the key demo. The audience was 11.10 million viewers, also its lowest ever.
“Idol” was beaten by every show on the air just about– from “Big Bang Theory” with 14 million viewers and a 4.7 to CBS’s “Person of Interest.” Also, “Two and a Half Men” beat “Idol” in audience numbers. And this was the night when a big announcement was supposed to be made– and it was only that all the contestants would stay and no one would be eliminated. That 2.7 is a steep fall off from Wednesday’s 3.0, also.

Is “Idol” over? Well, no. It won’t be cancelled based on all this. But changes are coming. It doesn’t take unsourced comments to figure that out. Twelve seasons is an eternity in television. But “Idol” is going to have be re-thunk if it comes back next year. And swapping out Mariah Carey for Jennifer Lopez ain’t the answer. The problem is that, without Simon Cowell, the show has no access to what’s going on in the music business. Simon read it all like Tarot cards. Without him, the show feels clueless. Without him, it’s just a talent show.

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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