Tuesday, April 23, 2024

TV Ratings: “American Idol” Down 22 Percent Despite Royal Visit from Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin opened last night’s “American Idol” live from Detroit, and she should have stayed for the whole hour. Despite the royal blessing from the Queen of Soul, “Idol” slipped 22 percent from last week, finishing with a 2.1 in the key demo and just 8.75 million total viewers. Wednesdays are usually Idol’s good day, too. Last night’s show featured the 8 top male singers. Tonight it’s the 8 top female singers.

And Miss Franklin? That voice. Wow. She sang loops around “I Will Survive” and she looked great. Rock on Aretha! Aretha is on the road this month, playing shows in Newark and Bridgeport. Plus she celebrates her birthday in style, as usual, on March 25th!

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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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