Saturday, April 20, 2024

“American Idol” Ratings CRASH 24% Overnight, 40% in Demo, Lowest Ever, After Using and Dumping Claudia Conway


The universe, and the public, punished “American Idol” last night.

Ratings dropped 24% from Sunday night, and 40% in the key demo, down to 4.7 million.

Seven weeks ago when “Idol” returned on February 14th, the number of people who watched was 6.9 million. You do the math. TWO MILLION people are gone.

The show is being punished for using teenager Claudia Conway, daughter of miserable Kellyanne Conway, who had no business being on “Idol” and was included and encouraged for ratings.

Well, that didn’t work out, did it?

The whole presence of Kellyanne, who should be Public Enemy Number something after four years of lying for Donald Trump, was enough to turn anyone’s stomach.

But then putting Claudia through this, making her think she had a chance, and then watching it all fall apart, yikes. The level of cynicism was off the charts.

So “Idol” loses, disgracefully. You could tell the judges weren’t happy with this whole idea in the first place. Kudos to Katy Perry for being gentle.

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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