Home Television “American Idol” Free Fall Continues, Down 5% from Last Week

I don’t take any pleasure in reporting these numbers. But “American Idol” continued its ratings free fall last night, dropping 5% from last week. The show couldn’t muster 9 million viewers– 8.77 mil– and had a 2.1 rating.

Everything beat “Idol”: “Survivor,” “Modern Family,” “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” the farm report. (Just kidding on the last one.)

This doesn’t include cable, home videos, Netflix, or my nieces’ birthday dinner at Calle Ocho. (Delish!) A show called “The Middle” — I don’t even know what it is– did very well, too. Now that’s saying something.

Tonight comes the 9pm results show for “Idol,” a ratings loser if ever there was one. The sad news will be reported tomorrow.

Watch this video. Is that Meat Loaf’s son?


I’d give the #1 spot to this girl:

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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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