Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Ratings: “American Idol” Beaten by New Show (Instinct), Old Show (NCIS Los Angeles), March Madness Basketball


Week number 2 for “American Idol” on ABC wasn’t so great.

The singing competition was beaten in the ratings by a totally new show– “Instinct,” starring Alan Cumming. And it was also beaten by “NCIS Los Angeles” and March Madness NCAA basketball.


For Cumming, “Instinct” is an out of the box hit built on his popularity from “The Good Wife.” It also followed a hot “60 Minutes” — 10 million viewers on average who watched the great kids from Parkland, Florida and the eye opening Norah McDonell piece on Saudi Arabia. “Instinct” held 8 million or viewers through its hour.

CBS came into the evening at 7pm on a high with 12 million viewers finishing up NCAA Basketball. From there, they took the night.

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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