Wednesday, June 12, 2024

“American Idol” Drops 23% from Last Sunday to Second Lowest Rating of This Season: “Game of Thrones” May Be Torching Their Second Hour


“American Idol” faced a worse fate than Dany’s dragon last night in the ratings.

“Idol” dropped 23% from last week. It’s like a free fall. Total number of viewers was 6.7 million. They lost a total of TWO MILLION fans from last week’s very high 8.7 million.

The second hour of “Idol” overlaps with “Game of Thrones,” which may explain what happened. The 9 to 10pm hour brought in just 6.598 million from an earlier 6.837 million. “Idol” fans usually stick around to see what happened to the contestants. But the pull of Westeros was too much. The key demo also plummeted!

Strange, too, since last week “Idol” was way up despite the “Thrones” Battle of Winterfell. But this week they decamped in droves!

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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