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 began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7Q1G_z-I40 Tory Tompkins from Houston Texas who got her gold ticket to Hollywood in Austin but IDOL never showed her auditions in Austin or Hollywood week or even mention her name even though she was seen 20 times in 3 different televised shows as their way of showing thanks to invited contestants they threw under the bus at that airport hanger pointless twist after spending 3 months preparing. Check her YouTube and form your own opinions of this charismatic singer original songwriter musician actress and recent graduate with dual degrees from McCombs Business Honors Program (BHP) and Radio Television Film school at the University of Texas in Austin. On April 4th the World Premier of Legend of Darkhorse County featuring Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man) and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Tombstone’s Johnny Ringo) will be shown in Houston in which Tory was cast as one of the leads. 24 million viewers in 2013 down to less than 9?

  2. IDOL might have been better had they focused on finding higher quality performers and less on transparent old stories and teen age high school girls and semi homely dudes who seem to like doughnuts . Here’s a girl from Houston they cut at that exploitive and heartless LAX airport hanger dhow that backfired on idol costing them 3 million long time viewers like myself who don’t appreciate young talented people being used like that poorly thought out rating gimmick and turned IDOL off for good.

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