Home Television “American Idol” Ratings Collapse Without “Empire” As Bait– Significantly Off as Contest...

You’d think that as the contest narrows and the singers are zeroing in on the end,  “American Idol” would increase its ratings. It was doing a little better for a while.

But now, with “Empire” gone as its follow up, “Idol” is in trouble. Last night they scored a mere 8.34 million total viewers, and a 1.7 in the key demo.

Just two weeks ago, with “Empire” at its zenith, “Idol” had almost 10 million viewers and a 2.7 in the key demo.

Where did everyone go? It seems like the “Idol” viewers were just waiting around for “Empire” and now that it’s gone, so are they.

And it’s too bad because there are good contestants this season. But the party may be over.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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