Tuesday, July 16, 2024

TV Ratings: “American Idol” Hits Shocking Series All Time Low


The Olympics may really have killed “American Idol” for good. Last night the once ferociously popular competition hit an all time series low: a 2.2 rating in the key demo with fewer than 10 million total viewers– 9.71 million.

And this was after Wednesday’s rating had been a little more promising– a 2.7 rating with 10.53 million viewers. This means that many fewer viewers were not interested in who was going to be eliminated in part 2 this week. That’s the bulwark of “American Idol,” the elimination rounds.

In truth, Wednesday’s ratings were only good in the first hour. Viewers were tuning out to other shows from 9 to 10pm like “Criminal Minds,” which bested “Idol” in total viewers.

Last night “The Big Bang Theory” had almost 18 million viewers while “Idol” was scratching away.

Sadly, the show is sinking. It’s no one’s fault, it’s just age. It’s dying of natural causes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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