Saturday, July 13, 2024

American Idol Drops To Ratings Low–Is The Chopping Block Near?


“American Idol” is in serious trouble, kids. The long time champion of the ratings fell to an all time low last night. The total audience was only 11.08 million. Of that group only 2.8 million were in the key demo of 18-49. “Idol” was second for the night to “Modern Family.” But it’s this steady slide that has producers and network execs concerned. The explanation that this is the 12th season and that shows age is not holding water. “The Voice” is booming on NBC. “X Factor” will return and be rejuvenated according to my sources. Clearly “Idol” will he shaken up if it returns at all. If the trend of prior weeks continues tonight, then this episode will be even lower– and when “Idol” hits the 10 million mark, you’re going to hear screaming from Fox. Next Wednesday May 8th, “Idol” is up against “The Voice.” They’d better have something huge planned.


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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