Sunday, May 26, 2024

“American Idol” Ratings Descent Continues As This Season Fails to Catch Fire So Far


“American Idol” is not having an easy season.

Monday night’s ratings — and Sunday night’s — showed their weekly descent continues.

Sunday night was down 2.66% from the prior week, with just 4.2 million viewers.

Whatever people saw on Sunday didn’t make for much of a cliffhanger. On Monday, the numbers were down to 3.9 million. They demo was down 23.4%, and the totals were off by 5%.

ABC was so nervous they actually sent Ryan Seacrest to New York for an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Mark” to give “Idol” a little nudge. It doesn’t seem like it worked, although Sunday’s demo was actually up a bit despite losing total viewers.

Maybe some people think Katy Perry already left — she announced she exiting at the end of the season before it began. So far, also, none of the singers has caught fire with the audience. The show is hoping for a little PR on Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Emmy Russell (see below). “Idol” consistently loses to “The Voice,” also, which suggests the latter show’s format and hosts are more appealing.

ABC will definitely be doing some stunt for this coming Sunday-Monday two punch. They’ve got to be a little concerned that the numbers keep going down!

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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