Saturday, May 18, 2024

UPDATED TV Ratings: “American Idol” Finds New Lows in Overall Viewers and Share


UPDATE: “Idol” was adjusted up slightly, to 9.33 and 2.2. That’s better, whew! Still, down a half million viewers. Waiting for Thursday results…

EARLIER: “American Idol” hit a new low last night in the ratings: 9.15 million viewers and  a 2.0 rating in the key demo. This is down from last Wednesday’s 9.83 and 2.1. But it is higher than a recent Thursday total 8.41 million and a similar 2.0. Thursday is now a throwaway night for “Idol,” so we can expect that tonight will be pretty much of a blowout. But even last night was kind of sad, as about 650,000 people didn’t return from last week, and the ones that did were my age. (Ouch!) “Idol” is cratering, and I have a feeling Fox is getting ready for the end. Why is there no all-star “Idol,” I wonder? Bring back past contestants who didn’t win but everyone liked, and have them all give it a go. Maybe some have improved. Anyway, it’s no fun writing these reports every week. It’s time for a ratings resurgence for “Idol.” We’ll see what happens tonight.

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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