Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Ratings Disaster: American Idol Falls Below 9 Million Viewers


Last night’s “American Idol” moved to 9pm and died. The results show scored a 2.2 rating and 8.76 million total viewers. That’s it, folks. Fox moved “Hell’s Kitchen” to 8pm and it did worse. At least “Idol” increased those numbers. But it does mean, just like last week, no one is watching the second part of “Idol” to see who’s in and who’s out. From 9 to 10pm the audience drifted to “Two and a Half Men” (I don’t know why) and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Meantime, Robin Williams’ sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” was one of two shows CBS didn’t automatically renew yesterday. “Crazy Ones” pulls about 7 million viewers, but they are out of the key demo. They’re probably my age. Robin Williams is just great in the show, and I hope there’s some Emmy activity for him this summer. He’s a national treasure.

Roger Friedman
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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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