Idol viewers drop in week two but are up four percent from last year

In its second week, American Idol 6 lost viewers from its first week, but the show is still doing better than last year.

On Tuesday, 32.6 million viewers watched, according to Variety. That’s about five million fewer than last Tuesday. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show “earned a higher rating than all four network airings of the Address combined,” according to TV Week.

While its 18-49 rating represents “a 20 percent drop from last week’s two-hour season premiere,” the show “is still up 7 percent compared to its State of the Union-night telecast last year.”

On Wednesday, 33.6 million people watched. Overall, the series “is up by 3% vs. last season in adults 18-49 (14.8/35 vs. 14.4/34) and by 4% in total viewers (35.5 million vs. 34.2 million),” Variety reports.

Fox’s ‘Idol’ rolls again and ‘Idol’ continues hot start [Variety]
‘Idol’ Outshines State of the Union [TV Week]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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