Saturday, June 15, 2024

“American Idol” Finale Beaten by New Episode of “Big Bang Theory”


And so it went.

The big “American Idol” finale was beaten by a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”

Still, Idol did well enough, with 13.24 million viewers and a 3.0 in the key demo. But that made it second for the night. They tied their best rating for the season. And they were up 900,000 viewers from last week.

But with a steady decline and no real uptick as this season wound down, maybe it’s time for “Idol” to take a break– and not the veiled threat of it coming back soon in a new form. Let’s feel nostalgic for it first.

Most of the old winners and judges were there except for Mariah Carey– conveniently on tour in Europe. Simon Cowell? Nicki Minaj?

Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, and LaToya London had a lovely number together. How times have changed! This year’s R&B diva lost to a white guy country singer. That’s been the trend for several years. And maybe that’s why the show lost so much thunder.

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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