Results show is the lowest-rated in two years, down 20 percent in 18-49 compared to last year

The drawn-out and bloated results episode of American Idol 7 that featured Mariah Carey, Elliot Yamin, stupid viewer questions, and this year’s final-7 attempt at cruelty, generated the least amount of interest of any results show in two years.

While 22.7 million people tuned in, that “was off more than 20% in the [18 to 49] demo vs. the same night a year ago while drawing its smallest regular Wednesday audience in two years,” Variety reports. The show doesn’t do better on non-regular Wednesday nights; Idol Gives Back was watched by only 17.5 million people.

Still, that’s a hell of a lot more than the 10.7 million who watched the Democratic presidential debate on ABC, or the 13.4 million who watched CSI:NY, so Kristy Lee Cook’s goodbye was deemed more important than the nation’s future or Gary Sinise’s awkward line readings.

ABC scores with debate [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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