American Idol ratings increase week to week

Ratings for American Idol 7 increased this week when compared to last week, even for the “best of the rest” episode that aired Wednesday, reversing the slow loss of viewers that the show has been experiencing.

Tuesday, 27.8 million viewers watched, which “was up a bit week to week,” Variety’s vague report says. That “a bit” turns out to be about 300,000 viewers, as 28.1 million people watched last week, Variety reported then.

On Wednesday, 26 million people watched. That “was up 3% week-to-week in the demo and 2% in viewership,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, as 25.3 million watched last Wednesday. Those numbers are still down from the 30 million plus viewers the show had its first week.

Wednesday’s episode seemed like filler to some, and almost two million people didn’t bother tuning in. But The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes argues that it “[was] super-important. Serious students know contestants with whom viewers have not bonded tend to get the fewest votes — and the hook — in the early voting. Serious students know the Best of the Rest episode was conceived as a way for the producers to let viewers get acquainted with some of the wannabes the producers would like to see get through to the final competition.”

Audiences shun primary coverage and Fox duo crush competition [Variety]
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‘American Idol’: Sensitivity Training [Washington Post]

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