Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“American Idol” Continues Steep Decline: Thursday Results Show Loses of Wednesday Audience

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It just goes on and on. Last night’s “American Idol” results show was a ratings disaster. They scored 7.35 million viewers and a really awful 1.7 rating in the key demo 18-49. Yikes. The night before, Wednesday, there were 8.9 million viewers and the show had a 2.0.  That means more than a million people who watched Wednesday’s show didn’t come back the next night to see what happened. Maybe they tie the singers to a moving conveyor belt with a large saw buzzing at the end. “Tune in tomorrow, Bat Fans!” At this rate, the May finale is going to go with quite the whimper.

Meanwhile, much talk about “Law & Order: SVU” renewal and Dick Wolf negotiating with NBC. Let’s hope this can be finalized soon. “SVU” had a great year, and its ratings have been very healthy. It would be a shame not to have it on the schedule. And really, NBC doesn’t anything better, or with this much loyalty. NBC, pay whatever they want. It’s quality programming. And no Mariska Hargitay on the schedule is very depressing to think about!

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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