Saturday, April 13, 2024

“American Idol” Grim Wednesday Ratings Are Back to Lows from Olympics


We may be getting ready to say goodbye to “American Idol.” Last night’s show, dreadful in many ways, was also extremely low rated. Total viewers were 10.11 million. The key demo rating was 2.4, down from 2.7 last week and back to the lows the show got during February when it was up against the Olympics. To put it simply: this dog will not hunt.

The show is suffering this season from poor contestants also. No star has emerged among the contenders. There’s no Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, or even a Scotty McCreery. As contestants get eliminated, the ratings should be going up. Alas, it’s the other way around.

“Idol” was beaten in total viewers by “Modern Family” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS. “Survivor,” from 8 to 9pm on CBS, came close.

Last night’s theme, by the way, was Songs from the Cinema. I don’t know what they were. Maybe they were songs playing while people were walking around in a movie theater.


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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