Thursday, May 30, 2024

KISS Front Man Gene Simmons Adds 1 Million Viewers to Sunday “American Idol” as Mentor


Stunt casting works!

Ratings deprived “American Idol” jumped by 1 million viewers in the Sunday night ratings.

The reason was the appearance of KISS front man Gene Simmons as a mentor to the top 14 finalists.

“Idol” has been anemic so far in numbers and needed a jolt. Simmons did the trick.

“Idol” has already announced that Jon Bon Jovi is coming soon, and we’ll see who else they round up. Are they paying these big rock stars? I would guess so, and quite a lot. Especially when they realize their impact on the ratings! Numbers rose 20% in total viewers to 5.1 million, and up 2% in the age demo.

Later on today we’ll see if that helped with Monday’s numbers, too.

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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