American Idol

Ratings: American Idol has it’s lowest ratings since 2002, ties Big Bang Theory

Update: idol adjusted up to 5.1 and 16.7 million viewers.

The Big Bang Theory was the #1 show last night with a 5.0 adult rating tied with American Idol which fell 14% from last week. This is the lowest rating of Idol since 2002, it’s first season.

I don’t know what’s happening now. I thought Idol was stable. It actually lost almost 2.5 million viewers from Wednesday night’s show.

I’m shell-shocked right now.

The rest of the numbers:

From TVbytheNumbers:

American Idol’s 2 hour episode scored a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 14% vs. a 5.8 rating for its one hour episode last week. That was Idol’s lowest adults 18-49 rating since its first season (7/31/02). Idol half hour ratings [4.6, 5.4, 4.9, 5.2]. That still led a Fox win for adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership by a comfortable margin over CBS on Thursday night.

Those wondering about the continuing broadcast ratings declines, the combined adults 18-49 (cable+broadcast) in primetime last night was fractionally higher than it was last Thursday night (37.8 vs. 37.5).

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory drew a 5.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% vs. a season high 5.6 rating last week, but that still beat American Idol in the 8-8:30 half hour (vs. Idol’s 4.6 in that half hour). Rob fell a tenth to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.3 rating last week. Person Of Interest dipped to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs. a season high 3.3 rating last week.

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Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

Rickey, I read on twitter that you were "alarmed" at the people "leaving" this show, but ratings were down ACROSS THE BOARD. GET OVER IT.

This will be my last time posting here, this site's clear anti-idol/pro-voice bias is very cringe worthy.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

I think all the smack talk between fans of the voice and idol is as pointless as the smack talk between fans of Smash and Glee. I like both Idol and The Voice. I'd like for both of them to succeed. Idol has been on the air for ten years. Not many shows make it that far, because no matter how much people like a show, they get tired of it over time. The Voice is benefiting from weaker competition...Modern Family and BBT are much tougher competition than anything on Monday night. I think Nigel, if he were capable of getting his head out of his ass, could learn something valuable from The Voice instead of bashing the show, but you can't really just compare the ratings and declare a winner unless the shows go directly against each other at some point.

Idol is never going to return to it's former ratings glory, but I'll be surprised if The Voice enjoys the same level of success for as long, just because it's no longer a fresh concept.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

Rickey and Mikhail cried when idol's wednesday ratings beat the Voice!

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

Ratings were down for practically EVERY show. Its not just idol. It still beat the Voice in total viewers!

XL
XL

The Voice pretty much beat it this week if you combine both of Idols ratings. :)

AprilJ
AprilJ

Rickey, I don't think it is anything more than viewer fatigue. First of all, as the casual viewer who saw Wednesday's show, I saw them make the "room" eliminations and assumed they were done for the week. And then I found out there was MORE for Vegas week, and it's just too much for me to keep up. Also, I can't keep up with these shows days (sometimes twice a week, sometimes 1 hr, maybe 2) that I literally log on to Rickey.org at 5pm PST to tell me which of my fav shows are on. Overall, I have about 5 favorite contestants on Idol this year. Overall, this is a good season for me :)

Carol Gillihan
Carol Gillihan

Some people hate the early auditions and Hollywood part, then once the final group is chosen they start watching more.

SwtJenn
SwtJenn

Rickey, the show has become to predictable they do the same thing each year amd its gotten boring, Randys is tryiny to be the Big Dawg by being who He isnt its not a good senero. JLo is doing good but Steven is not funny with some of the off the wall things He does.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

An just to get the conversation rolling, this is basically karma hitting Nigel Lythgoe right now. He was arrogant on Twitter last night. And on the show that he proudly directed, the show gets it's lowest ratings of the season -- after three solid nights at the 6.0-ish level. I don't know what else to say. What will happen next week?

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Julie_Idol 2.4 million viewers is a lot to lose from just the day before.

To give up the fight Julie! Today was a bad ratings day I know. I might get better next week and The Voice might go down too so there's still hope for you.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Julie_Idol Ratings also fell the other day except for Idol which was steady! That's not an excuse.

Cringe worthy?

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mikhail XO Why are you being such a bully? She was just stating facts, we all get it, you love the Voice, and it's the best thing since slice bread. So did you buy Javier and Dia's album's last season? Did you go to The Voice's tour that flopped? You are the one that seems defensive right now. But I know like the poster said above "it's a loss cause here".

aquayers
aquayers

@Rickey maybe it's because hollywood week so far have been awful. Probably it will pick up next week after amazing episode last night.

aquayers
aquayers

@Rickey@Julie_Idol Julie,I don't get why you attack Rickey. Rickey has been staunch Idol defender for so many years. He still blogs about Idol. Who cares if right now he prefers The Voice?? Everyone has freedom to love what they love.

AprilJ
AprilJ

@Mikhail XO@AprilJ

Yes! Heejun is my ultimate favorite. And then there's Brackensick, WGWG Philips (aka: eye candy). LOL. But Heejun takes the cake for the best TV show personality on Idol... ever. I can't wait for Rickey to make a Heejun face for when the competition starts!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Mikhail XO It's getting harder and harder to defend the show's ratings performance. Nigel has done all the WRONG things in framing the ratings decline:

"Competing against itself" -- Well now it's really losing against itself -- against Season One!

I just tried to myself in Julie's shoes and I feel like crying. (Don't feel too bad Julie!)

AprilJ
AprilJ

@aquayers@Rickey

I think last week's episode with no performances turned people off. It's like American Idol has an identity crisis and the viewers are never sure what they are getting!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@ArchieSue Come back in the David Archuleta 'Nandito Ako' threads which are not too contentious. I'm hoping I can get videos when the air -- and maybe even translate! LOL See ya!

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Rickey@Julie_Idol@DanaRimons Why would anyone care about Dez Duron? lols Anyway it's all good. Yes the ratings for idol suck but it is still around and still producing platinum selling artist like Scotty from just last season. I have stated my opinions already, thanks for responding Rickey. Have fun with the ratings war. Peace!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@ArchieSue@Julie_Idol@DanaRimons Julie and I initially had a fight when she started dissing me over DEZ DURON. Then we became friends, then she got the confidence to comment again. And now we are locked in a battle over ratings every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (along with Mikhail). She's a bit over the top, that's why we love her. I don't think we are bullying her. I cheer her on actually because I love her spirit.

Unfortunately, the ratings were bad for Idol on Thursday and she didn't have a good comeback. I honestly thought the ratings would be stable and we can have a nice back and forth. Julie will be happy again next week if The Voice ratings go down, so I'm not really worried for her.

We're all adults! This is the Internet for crying out loud. There's no crying on blogs! (Unless you're me watching Jordis...)

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Julie_Idol@DanaRimons This is the comment that I am talking about Rickey. She felt like you guys were harassing her and talking down on her. I reacted to that because I don't like bullying but that's my opinion of course. It's all good, it's your blog, you can do whatever you want with it. :) I have been coming here since season 4 but I guess I don't need to anymore, unless you have awesome Archie post, lols. Thanks for the laughs. I will make this my last post, happy now? You win, got got rid of me.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mikhail XO@Julie_Idol You are right, idol's ratings do suck and it should be a lot better. I am just happy it is still around for me to watch. I think it will get better as the season progress.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Julie_Idol@DanaRimons Yeah he has been hating on idol for awhile now. I just can't believe that he has resorted to cyber-bullying you. It's stupid! You have an opinion and when you state facts that Rickey neglects to post, it's consider a "spin". lols. Anyway I still like some of Rickey's post but he has become really negative about idol. I personally like all 3 shows and I am glad that people are watching. The same freaking people that watch idol are basically the same people that watch the Voice, duh!!

I just want to see the Voice produce one platinum selling artist, just one. :) I know it's only their second year, blah, blah blah..So Kelly was the 1st idol winner, she did pretty good her 1st year. But they will argue that it's all about the ratings. Ratings don't always equal sales, if people don't give a crap about the artist on there. :)

So basically the Voice is a good reality show but will never produce a record selling artist, because it's all about he COACHES! Which I love!!

They don't give a crap about the singers . They gave Javier and Dia a 5 second mention about their albums on itunes on Monday's show.

Why are you hating on Nigel now, Rickey? Can't people have their own opinion? You don't like haters but you sure come off as a hater sometimes. Venting is fun!

Idol cookie
Idol cookie

@Julie_Idol anyone who leaves a 1000 word essay about idol is a nutcase. Don't fall into her obsessive trap. Rickey's sincere.she is a troll! And a huge hater!

Idol cookie
Idol cookie

@DanaRimons You are a troll posting under a fake ID. You can fool newbies like Julie maybe.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

@DanaRimons OK, you are my new favorite poster here. Rickey is definitely an idol hater and has been ever since Kara and Ellen peaced out. I will stick around a more balanced blog like mjsbigblog-they are actually pro-idol over there and look at the real facts. You are right, if the Voice gets half of these ratings, him and his sidekick Mikhail will still try to spin everything. Besides VFTW, I have never been to another idol blog that harasses and talks down to its posters.

DanaRimons
DanaRimons

Julie, you have to realize that you are dealing with a lost cause here! I used to come here daily because Rickey offered a balanced and fair look into all reality competition shows. He has completely stopped doing that these days. He (along with a very select few and with that, I am talking single digits) has opted instead to be completely biased towards The Voice.

And trust me, it hasn't gone unnoticed by the internet. Do you know an actual twitter now exists that is a mock twitter of Rickey? It is actually hysterical because the tweets are a perfect description of the way Rickey has become this year and seeing someone mock him on almost a daily basis has become one of the highlights of my day.

Now, turning to the ratings. Did you notice Julie how Rickey posted Wednesday night's American Idol ratings very late and even failed to update that post with the news that it was adjusted up to a 6.1? Did you notice how in his original Wednesday post, he couldn't just deliver the ratings news as it was (which he said he does, all he is the giver of information as he would like us to believe) but instead, he had to "spin" it to try and make The Voice look better? Did you notice how he was so quick to post today's numbers with again, his added in commentary trying to bash Idol?

I was on another blog that I will not mention on here and a few posters commented that he really should quit covering American Idol because by covering the show the way he does, he is losing a load of credibility. And he is. He likes to accuse American Idol fans of "spin" when they say things like... "well, Idol has been on the air for eleven seasons, let us see where The Voice is in that time" or "Idol received a 6.1 demo for its ninth episode of the season while The Voice fell to a 6.0 in only its third episode of the season." He loves to call any facts that American Idol fans present at "spin" but once he and his minions on here do it for "The Voice," it is okay. That's not "spin" at all, right?

You have to realize, Julie. Rickey has never actually been a very reputable blogger when it comes to any of these reality shows. He is like the TMZ and Perez Hilton of reality show reporting. And much of the industry (from Entertainment Weekly) and beyond think of him as pretty much a joke. He just posts over the top tweets and commentary in order to get more views. And since he has this new personality now of putting down Idol and trying to lift up The Voice, he will be doing this type of reporting over and over.

Just wait until The Voice in doing high 4's and low 5's in the demo in a few weeks and Idol remains at high 5's and low 6's. He isn't going to declare Idol a winner. Instead, he is going to use some "spin" (the word he loves to accuse Idol fans of) and say "but look, The Voice is so close to beating the show...). Yet, if it was the other way around, well... you know exactly what his wording would be then.

You should do yourself a huge favor and comment and move to a more balanced blog. There's many out there which provide a down to earth perspective of ratings and on the shows themselves- one that gets conversations going based on reality and doesn't need to lower themselves to the state that Rickey has this television season.

And Rickey (as well as his minions who back him up), don't even try and respond to what I have said here as I have no interest in seeing the same garbage you spout on a daily basis repeated back. I will not respond and heck, I will not even see it, so do not even waste any precious time you may have.

Facts about the ratings this week that Rickey and his minions would like to ignore:

- Idol's Wednesday episode did indeed defeat The Voice in the demo.

- Idol's Wednesday and Thursday episodes did indeed The Voice in total viewers.

- The Voice airs once a week as opposed to twice. Trying to compare one night's Voice numbers to two nights of Idol is like comparing the ratings for one episode of a drama series against a week's worth of a soap opera.

Things that are not facts but up to debate and up to perspective:

- The Voice airs on a Monday with the only competition being CBS comedies. FOX, ABC, and The CW are no competition.

- Idol airs on Wednesday against competition from CBS and ABC. NBC and The CW are no competition.

- Idol airs on Thursday against competition from CBS and ABC. NBC and The CW are no competition.

So, which show has stiffer competition?

Like I said Julie, try and find a blog to comment on which holds somewhat a middle of the road perspective led by a blogger who has their feet planed on the ground and you will see a whole different side of things. Come back here once The Voice hits those low 4's and high 5's and see exactly what the spin is then. If anything, it will be worthy of a good chuckle.

And with that, done.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

@Mikhail XO Grey's Anatomy and The Office had their lowest ratings ever last night. The Big Bang Theory was down 11% from last week. Its not just idol that is down this week.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

@Mikhail XO@XL Actually, IDOL WON! 6.1 in its highest show compared to The Voice's 6.0. Also idol had 18 million for its highest show and the voice had 16 million.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Mikhail XO Lols I am over it, it's all good. I will stay out of the crazy threads from now on. I am all about Archie anyway and Archie equals love and forgiveness. :) You guys can handle this on your own. Rickey knows deep down I still love him and his blog. I can never give up on the Archuleta.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@DanaRimons OK just go. Thanks for your concern.

Let me know when you are in New York City some time and we can have tea somewhere.

DanaRimons
DanaRimons

@Rickey I am hardly disillusioned. And you have no idea how long I may or may not have been a reader of this blog. The reason I can state my opinion of you and how this blog has regressed is because I can vividly remember it being a different way.

Hey, this is your blog. You want it to be a place that breeds hate and nasty back and forth between people, that is your right. You want it to be a place where only the opinions that are held by you personally are accepted while others are just laughed on and called "spin", that is your right. Everything about this place is your right. But just know, it begins and ends with you. The attitude and type of persona you put forward is in direct relation to how things go down around here. And again, if you are cool with it, have a blast.

Like I said, every single blog out there has differing opinions with posters- but a modicum of respect, good will, and logical and civil conversation is the foundation of it. That doesn't exist here. At all. And it is a good thing that people are quickly realizing it because it will only get worse as the weeks go on, not any better. I have already let myself down by even responding when my initial post way up there (the one where I was called a nutcase) said everything that needed to be said.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@DanaRimons@ArchieSue OMG You sound so disillusioned. You must be a new reader or just unaware of the conversations on this blog for the past 8 years.

Aside from the fact that it's Idol season and people love fighting when it's Idol season, I've also been more active personally in the comments which I think is a big reason why there have been repeat commenters.

I mean, we're not even talking about ratings anymore, you're talking about ME. It's like your point for every comment is I'm such an awful person. It has nothing to do with ratings!

You sound so hurt that I -- the blog owner -- don't agree with you. Why is that?

DanaRimons
DanaRimons

@ArchieSue That is one of the huge problems with this blog, ArchieSue.

It isn't ONLY the hypocritical nature of some of the posters where what's said about one show is fair but if the same type of comments are said about another, it is "spin" and all of that but also, the problem begins and ends with Rickey himself.

You see, there is absolutely no accountability on his part for how nasty things get on here because HE is at the center of it all. His posts, whether they be the original posts or responses in the thread initiate the volatile nature of this place and in a way, he encourages it.

When you take a look at other blogs that focus on reality television, you see fans being fiercely loyal to a show, discussing things like ratings by putting their own perspectives on it, etc... but the way it is handled is VASTLY different from here. Banning and warnings are done to those who attack posters and above all else, the blog owner is someone who does NOT engage and initiate the entire thing.

As much as I would like to point certain fingers at Rickey's minions who just spout the same material each week but can't deal with it back when the spouting comes from those with a different opinion (if you have a different opinion, it is "spin' and nothing more), I have to point the main finger at the man in charge. He has tuned this blog from a fun place into a breeding ground for bashing and nasty responses. You can't expect members of a blog to be open minded and civil when the person who owns the blog is the exact opposite. Rickey loves this. He wants this blog to a ratings-war-infested place for people to argue and be snarky and nasty. And he has it now. The consequence though, people are quickly realizing it and running for the doors.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@ArchieSue@Julie_Idol@Mikhail XO If I didn't want you here, I would ban you and not even respond to you. That was my point. This blog is as open as it gets and we are all free to express our opinions.

You sounded like I needed people like you "because we don't get many posters here anymore". Julie can defend herself that's why she's so awesome.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Rickey@Julie_Idol@Mikhail XO Lols so you are going to ban me for having an opinion. Sheesh!! You love her but you guys are ganging up on her. hmmmm I thought you wanted a fair battle of the shows? I guess not ! Don't worry I don't need your blog either, there are better blogs out there. You are the HATER Rickey!

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

@Julie_Idol@Mikhail XO@Rickey It's because Rickey doesn't get many posters on here anymore so he will call out to posters in hopes that they will come back. lols. They are just trying to start something out of nothing.