Monday, June 17, 2024

Sunday Ratings: Academy of Country Music Awards Trounce “American Idol” Semi-Finals by 2 Million Viewers


Despite putting on a pretty good semi-finals show last night “American Idol” struggled in the ratings against the Academy of Music Awards.

“Idol” scored only a 4.5 million over two hours on ABC from 8 to 10 pm. The ACM’s on CBS did about 6.3 million.

Of course the ACMs had all established country stars except for Morgan Whallen, who is being punished appropriately for uttering a racist epithet on a TMZ video.

“Idol” offered up a little Lionel Richie in its opening but otherwise stuck to the contestants, paring down the top 12 to the remaining six singers.

The only one who I was sad to see leave was a 15 year old very gifted Ava August, who sang “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” This girl is going to be a star, she’s just too young right now. I hope she’s not too disappointed.

The show is taking the top 9 to Disney World today to try and infect them with COVID. That will further pare down the contestants. (Just kidding!) Still no word on why Wyatt Pike left the show. He’s been posting on Instagram and is healthy as ever, so that wasn’t the reason. My guess is he didn’t want to sign the contract with “Idol” binding him to management and a recording contract.

The show continues tonight with a special featuring last year’s contestants who never got to perform on the live stage because of the pandemic.


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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