Monday, April 22, 2024

“American Idol” Ratings Collapse Post-Olympics: Ominous Forecast


Yesterday I told you that American Idol’s first post-Olympics show indicated fans didn’t come back. Last night’s ratings were much much worse. The key demo number was 2.3 and the total viewers fell to 9.81. The Fox show was ranked 4th for the night. It was beaten by the whole CBS schedule.  The ABC night came close to beating it too with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” pulling even more viewers away. Fox can’t be happy. Even though Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban had a visit last night from their leader, Rupert Murdoch, it may not have been a show of support. Murdoch may have merely stopped by to measure the studio or read the lease.


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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