Tuesday, May 28, 2024

“American Idol” Struggles with Ratings in Season 22, Down 12% from Last Year, Sparks No Cliffhangers


Sunday should have been a good news headline for “American Idol.” They had the highest ratings of the season so far — 5.3 million viewers.

But they are down 12% overall from last year. Even worse, the Monday shows really fall off from Sunday. This past Monday, the show fell by 700,000 viewers. The Monday shows are also down from last year.

“Idol” cannot seem to build a cliffhanger from Sunday to Monday. And the entire temperament this season is askew. One reason might be that Katy Perry is leaving to resume her music career. She’s either jumping from a burning boat or she’s caused the fire.

Who will replace Katy? Jennifer Lopez wants to come back, but ABC has to be smarter than to go backwards. Lopez’s recent album and longform video were huge failures. She looked drawn, almost gaunt, at last night’s Met Ball. Maybe she didn’t care for husband Ben Affleck’s performance at the Tom Brady roast. But JLo is a no go for “Idol.”

Last night Blake Shelton was on Jimmy Kimmel in a network cross-promotion. ABC has been doing a lot of this as the season finale nears, plus stunt casting, anything to get viewers’ attention. They have Jon Bon Jovi coming in as a mentor. Presumably, Katy will perform on the final episode of the season. (If she doesn’t, wow.)

So stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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