Thursday, April 18, 2024

TV: “American Idol” Down 10% from Last Week Against Olympics


Poor “American Idol.” Things just keep getting worse. Last night a special episode only managed a 2.7 rating and 9.6 million viewers. That was down ten percent from last Thursday, which itself was down from the prior night and the previous week.

Of course the Olympics aren’t helping. It’s more exciting to watch skiiers and skaters and lugers compete than singers. But the question is, is “Idol” being damaged beyond repair during this month? Can it come back from the Olympic drubbing?

On total viewers, “Idol” wasn’t just decked by the Olympics. A rerun of “NCIS” nosed it down to third place. ABC and CBS are just running reruns until the O’s are done. On the CW, ten people watched a “Vampire Diaries” rerun.

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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