Home Media “American Idol” News Gets Worse, As Viewership Drops Below 8 Mil Again

“American Idol” inches closer and close to an inevitable ending. Last night the show pulled in just 7.72 million viewers. The key demo rating was 1.8. The half hour results show was third in its time slot, behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Two and a Half Men.” In total viewers “Idol” was the seventh most watched TV show last night.

In other news, David Letterman actually beat Jimmy Fallon last night. Dave’e retirement announcement brought in a 3.2 rating vs. Jimmy’s 2.4 in 56 metered markets. Fallon still had a higher percentage of viewers 18-49. And that’s what Letterman’s retirement is all about, isn’t it?

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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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