Home Music “American Idol” Down 5% from Last Week Even as Competition Tightens

Down, down, down. “American Idol” continues its slalom ride down in the ratings. Last night the show was down 5% in ratings, with a 1.9 in the key demo and 8.3 million total viewers. Last Wednesday they were still at 2.0 and and 8.9 million total fans. So where did 600,000 people wander off to? “Survivor” best “Idol” handily last night. Otherwise everything else was in reruns. This should be the moment when “Idol” is up as the competition narrows. But apathy has set in. Tonight’s results show will produce shockingly lower numbers.

Speaking of music: if you’re a fan of country pop, get Carlene Carter’s new album “Carter Girl.” It’s just a wonderful piece of work, with terrific musicians (Jim Keltner!) and production by Don Was. I think I’ve played it 10 times in my car already! Carlene is the daughter of the late June Carter Cash, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash. She was once married to Nick Lowe, and made records with him and with Dave Edmunds. What a voice!

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