American Idol’s finale ratings down 20 percent compared to last year

American Idol 6‘s finale was watched by 30.4 million people, way down from the record 36.3 million people who watched last year. That’s “down about 20% vs. a year ago,” Variety reports. In its last half-hour, the show “drew about 35 million viewers,” compared to the 42.9 million who watched last year’s final half hour. The show may have peaked last year.

On Tuesday night, 24.5 million people watched the final performance show, which was “down 23 percent from 31.8 million on the same night last year,” Media Life reports. Its rating among 18- to 49-year-olds was “one of its lowest ratings of the year and off 24 percent.”

Still, according to Variety, the “results show will finish the season as television’s No. 1 program among adults 18-49, marking the fourth straight year that the franchise has claimed the top spot.”

‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ finales down [Variety]
Down note for Fox’s penultimate ‘Idol’ [Media Life]

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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