Idol Gives Back performance show may be Idol’s lowest-rated Tuesday episode this season

Tuesday’s Idol Gives Back episode of American Idol, which was essentially just a regular performance episode, was watched by 25.7 million viewers.

That’s “likely its lowest Tuesday numbers of the season,” Variety reports. And its numbers were “down between 13% and 15% vs. the same night a year ago.”

Still, among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show “matched the combined 18-49 deliveries of the next five highest-rated nets (CBS, Univision, CW, ABC and NBC).” And it still won the hour, as usual. Variety says that “no other net was really able to take advantage of the decline” as othert shows “were down as well.”

Cooler ‘Idol’ still rolls [Variety]

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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