Sunday, June 16, 2024

TV Ratings: “American Idol” Hits Series All Time Low, Down 17% from Last Week


“American Idol” will finish its season this month with a whimper. Last night’s half hour results show hit an all time series ratings low: 6.92 million total viewers, with a 1.5 rating in the key demo. It ranked third at 9pm after “Two a Half Men” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” It was the 7th most watched show on broadcast TV for the whole night. The “I Heart Radio Awards” beat it in the demo, but not the audience. The Wednesday “Idol” did slightly better. But it shows that with any competition now,”Idol” is an afterthought for viewers.  And for youngish audience, the interest is minimal at best. Two more weeks and the agony is over. Then Fox has to figure what the heck to do next.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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