Well, that’s it. Painful to watch and to report. “American Idol” did a 1.9 rating last night, and dropped below 8 million total viewers– to 7.94. Even if it’s adjusted up later today, that number says too much. It means that viewers aren’t interested in Thursday results. If they are, the 9pm spot is too late. They have to see it at 8pm. A 1.9 means they are older, and aren’t waiting until 9 to take their pills and stay up. Ouch!
“Grey’s Anatomy” beat “Idol” handily. They had 8.13 million viewers who were young– 2.5 rating, same as NCAA basketball on CBS. “Grey’s Anatomy” like “Idol” is a competition show. Every season, the doctors compete to see who will survive the season. In the season finale, several are cut, and Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey get to keep the money saved from whatever actors are killed off.
Why not try this on “Idol”? Kill off several contestants, sort of like “The Hunger Games.” Ratings will soar.
By the way. “Grey’s” is still on TV? I watched its first season in 2005 while covering the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, California. That was NINE years ago. Amazing!
Biggest audience of the night, beating basketball: Kerry Washington in the lunatic “Scandal.” Good for her! Brav-oh!