Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Ratings: “American Idol” Really Does Drop Below 8 Million Viewers


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!

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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