Home Television TV Ratings: American Idol Scores Series Low, Jimmy Fallon Stays Aloft

After Tuesday’s ratings debacle, I thought I’d skip “American Idol” ratings news. But last night the show hit bottom– a 2.4 rating, and just over 9 million viewers. That’s down 20 percent from last Thursday. The Olympics have harmed “Idol” more than any other show this month. How “Idol” fares next week, with the Olympics finally over, will say a lot for its future. It’s too bad, too, because Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban and JLO are all very appealing. It was nice to see Randy Jackson this week. And entrepreneur Ryan Seacrest is wearing very nicely tailored suits…

Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon is benefiting the most from the Olympics. He had a 5.3 rating last night and a 15 share. Everyone is watching him this week thanks to the games in Sochi sandwiching him. Next week will bring real news for him, too. I suspect he’s grabbed a lot of new fans.

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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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