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]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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