American Idol 6 has its lowest ratings yet; Sanjaya is “an object of ridicule” in India

American Idol‘s ratings are continuing to slip. Wednesday’s results show was the lowest-rated episode so far this season.

25.3 million viewers watched Gina Glocksen go home, which was the show’s “lowest regular score of the season,” according to Variety. Still, it came in first place, and impressively, among viewers ages 18 to 49, the show “matched the combined demo share delivery of ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and Univision.” TV Week says those numbers “its lowest rating in nearly a year.”

On Tuesday, 26.1 million people watched the performance show, “down by double-digit percentages vs. the same night a year ago,” Variety reports. Variety has stopped arguing that Idol‘s ratings slide is due to daylight savings time, perhaps because the time change would have occurred last weekend on the previous schedule, or perhaps because it was a stupid excuse.

Others who are not watching are people in India. Although there are conspiracy theories about support for Sanjaya coming from the country, specifically Indian call centers, the AP reports that Sanjaya “is a virtual unknown” there. That’s in part because “the show is broadcast a day late in India, and on an English-language channel that attracts relatively few viewers in this country of 1.1 billion.”

More significantly, an Indian blogger says, “He’s also an object of ridicule.” But he says that won’t stop the media from making the connection. “Even if the guy’s really an American, it will be projected by the media here as an Indian doing well in the world. They’ll make a big deal about it,” Amit Varma said.

Serials slump on Wednesday and ‘Idol’ down, but still dominant [Variety]
‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ Hit Season Lows [TV Week]
Sanjaya’s ‘Idol’ Run Not India’s Fault [AP]
Sanjaya and that Indian call-center rumor [MSNBC]

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