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Yikes. Last night’s “American Idol” audience barely showed up. The total number of viewers fell below 10 million for the first time anyone’s memory. The rating in the key demo collapsed– to 2.9, from 3.4 on Wednesday and 3.1 last Thursday.

The worst part is that “Idol” was also beaten by a Re-run of “The Big Bang Theory.” So it’s not just the Olympics. “Idol” finished third, not second. And that should worrisome for Fox, which has already cancelled “X Factor” and labeled “Idol” as in decline.

The “Idol” situation is dire, and now we know it’s just because of the Olympics. After a brief perk up in the ratings a few weeks ago, the show is starting to follow a trend downward. It could be that the party is really over. A couple of seasons away might be the answer. But beating a dead horse is not doing anyone any favors.

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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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  1. Harry Connick, Jr. is doing a superb job as judge, and he’s quite funny and smart. So he’s certainly helped the show considerably. But it’s probably not enough to keep it alive.

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