Ratings improve slightly for American Idol 7

After continuing to slide week to week during the point in the competition when ratings usually increase, American Idol 7‘s ratings improved this week, at least when compared to last week.

Wednesday’s results show was watched by 24.2 million people, and “reversed a six-week downward trend Wednesday night with a 9% ratings increase from last week in the 18-49 demo,” Variety reports.

That’s actually an increase from the 24.0 million people who watched Tuesday night, and in previous years, results shows have had lower ratings than the performance episodes. Apparently, people are tuning in just to see who wins; they don’t care about the actual singing.

As to next week’s finale, one critic suggests the show take a page out of Bachelor Brad Womack’s playbook. “I wish it would end like last season’s ‘The Bachelor’ with Brad Womack, where he didn’t propose to either of the girls and everyone went home empty-handed,” The New York Daily News’ Cristina Kinon writes. “The producers at ‘Idol’ should just be like, ‘Listen David and David, you both stink. Go home, practice, and come back again next year when we’ve totally revamped the show and you’ll have to jump through rings of fire while punching Ryan Seacrest in the face and singing Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ two octaves above normal.”

Wednesday an easy win for Fox [Variety]
David and David are dull and duller on ‘American Idol’ [New York Daily News]

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