Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Ratings: Queen Latifah’s “Equalizer” Takes Out “American Idol,” But Claudia Conway Trumps “NCIS” Spin Offs


It was a rocky night last night for network shows.

CBS sent Queen Latifah in to take out “American Idol” and it did the trick. “The Equalizer” knocked off the first half of “Idol” easily at 8pm, which was a shame. The first hour of “Idol” had pretty good singers.

The second half of “Idol” at 9pm was not so good, but it featured The Conway Family starring teen Claudia, her out of it father, and mother who no one ever wants to see again.

“Idol” has evidently bought in to exploiting Claudia for ratings, and this paid off. “Idol” at 9pm beat both “NCIS Los Angeles” and “New Orleans.” Two of the three judges went along with keeping Claudia on the show for another week. Luke Bryan was the dissenting vote but he was overruled.

More worrisome is that the “NCIS” spin-offs are fading. “Los Angeles” came in just under 6 million viewers, and “New Orleans” just under 5 million. And those are sweeps episodes. Now that there’s word going around that Scott Bakula is eyeing a return to the “Star Trek” franchise, he may be preparing for an “NCIS NO” ending. So hold on.

Next Sunday pits Queen Latifah against Claudia Conway directly as “Idol” will be just an hour at 8pm. Will the Queen equalize the singers? Stay tuned…


Roger Friedman
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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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