Saturday, April 20, 2024

“American Idol” Second Day Ratings Collapse From Premiere


I am rooting for “American Idol,” as I told you yesterday. But the ratings for Thursday are bad news. The second day of “Idol” was a disaster. The demo rating fell from 4.7 to 3.9. The total viewers went from 15.19 million t0 13.35. Basically around 2 million sampled the show on Wednesday and did not return. Ruh-roh.

“Idol” still won the night. Keith, JLO and Harry narrowly beat a re-run of “The Big Bang Theory.” The whole CBS night consisted of reruns. But soon first run episodes of their competition will return. And then I’m really worried. Why did those 2 million people leave?

I really hoped we weren’t headed into a long trend downwards. Maybe the producers have some ideas. They should be implemented quickly..

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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