American Idol draws record low ratings

2013-05-18 08:02
New York - Ratings for the American Idol finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

According to Nielsen figures on Friday, Candice Glover's victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.3 million viewers.

That's a 33% drop from the year before, when 21.5 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the Idol crown. That represented the show's previous record low finale audience.

"American Idol" saw an even steeper 44 percent drop among advertiser-coveted young adults for Thursday's finale.

The lack of interest in the winner of this year's contest parallels the show's declining ratings for the season.

Fox is scrambling to revive the singing contest that once dominated TV, revamping the judges' panel and making yet-to-be detailed format changes.

Original judge Randy Jackson has already announced his exit.


  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2013-05-18 08:15

    Did it ever occur to the media whores that people are simply tired of seeing the same crap over and over season after season. I hated that show in its various incarnations from day one.

      Jo Barton - 2013-05-18 20:05

      Nicky Minaj turned a lot of people away.She is the single most irritating person I have ever come accross with that nauseating voice.

      Jake Muso - 2013-05-20 08:53

      It's never grown on me. It's part of the same old pop culture that is shoved down our throats day by day. Like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Kardashian brood, Paris Hilton... all of this is k a k we don't care about but it's thrown out there, advertised, screened and repeated, pasted on walls and in shops all over. It's all about money. I wish they would take a hint and get rid of shows like these now.

  • Jacques - 2013-05-18 08:34

    Hopefully they take it away completely. If I have to ever accidentally hear Ryan Seacrest go 'this....................... Is Ammmmmerican idol!' Again I'll lose it.

  • alta.steyn.3 - 2013-05-18 08:48

    I lost my taste for AI a long time ago. I just once heard the voice of Nicky Min-something and got nauseas, and when I saw her, there just was no feeling left in my body anymore . . . It will certainly not be a waste when they lose AI for good!

  • Riaan Kr├╝ger - 2013-05-18 09:10

    After the Mara Louw racist comment we changed the channel permanently.....

  • Mark Booysen - 2013-05-18 09:26

    American Idols, SA Idols etc is banned in my house.

      Jo Barton - 2013-05-18 20:04

      and yet to find time to read this article and comment on it?

      Liana Loots - 2013-05-19 13:18

      lol Jo, on the mark...

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-05-18 09:51

    It's watching the same thing over and over year in year out, can the whole franchise!!!

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-05-18 10:04

      Same for most so called talent shows, shelf life expired..

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-05-18 10:23

    And the next one to watch out for is our own super duper exciting SA Idols!!

  • Lohan Felix - 2013-05-18 18:39

    american idol and sa idols both suck!

  • Dylan Dylan Dylan - 2013-05-18 22:46

    Paula and Simon were the glue that held the show together. There is no chemistry amongst the current judges. You need that for a glorified karaoke show.

  • Elaine Bailey - 2013-05-19 07:41

    Did it ever occur to the media that an article like this could have been posted AFTER the results show which is due to air on M-Net tonight!! Not everyone is watching "live" broadcasts at 2.00am. Thanks for the spoiler!

      Shireen Abbas Davids - 2013-06-20 19:25

      Bwahahahaaaaa !! EPIC !

  • Sandra Pereira - 2013-05-19 08:38

    I still enjoyed Idols very much but Nicky Ninaj is a no no for future Idols shows. But Im a fan and will continue to watch.

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-05-19 08:44

    why did you have those two bimbos on the show,they were just so wrong,i dint even watch a single episode of this season

  • Kay Vermeulen - 2013-05-19 12:17

    The day Simon Cowell left was the start of the decline of the show!

  • Magesh Nkosi - 2013-05-31 12:35

    It wz nc cze am a fan of bieber n he wolked out wit 3 award a very happy lyk u bieber

  • Ed GoldenBoy Lamola - 2013-07-04 11:13

    gawd I hope this is the start of the slow n painful death of reality t.v. in general. the thing has been like a scourge zombifying intelligent minds on a global scale

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