Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Finale down 44% from last year – 5/17/2013
Update: Bing Bang adjusted up tp 4.8 and 15.48 million viewers, Grey’s up to 3.1, The Vampire Diaries up to 1.1, Hannibal up top 1.1
The American Idol Season 12 Finale had a 3.6 adult rating on Thursday — down a staggering 44% from last season’s ratings. These are already the final numbers. Wow. Wow. Wow.
This is actually just a little higher than The Voice’s 3.5 rating last Tuesday. Idol had 14.30 million viewers.
The Big Bang Theory had a 4.4 rating and 14.78 million viewers, the #1 and most-watched show of the night.
As further insult, Idol lost head-to-head to a rerun of The Big Bang Theory at 8:30 p.m. (3.2 vs. 2.8).
I’m flabbergasted. There is no comeback from here for American Idol. Worst season ever. Next season will open softer than this season and this show is really going to struggle one year from now. Simon Cowell’s revenge is almost complete.
American Idol has really no one to blame but themselves. The show has masterfully and brilliantly fended off ratings decline over the years — and still managing to be the #1 show while hemmoraging viewers. But this season, they completely lost it. Suddenly, all the masterfully-crafted PR of “creating stars” and “the #1 singing show” and “the American Idol brand” now are things of the past and imagination. The numbers prove it. The American Idol we all grew to love is no more. It will never come back.
Long live American Idol!
The Vampire Diaries had a 1.0 rating and 2.20 million viewers.
Grey’s Anatomy had a 3.0 rating and 8.63 million viewers.
The Office had a 3.0 rating and 5.70 million viewers.
Beauty and the Beast had a 2.0 rating and 8.93 million viewers.
Scandal had a 3.2 rating and 9.134 million viewers.
Hannibal had a 1.0 rating and 2.40 million viewers.
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