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American Idol ratings have never been this low

The number of people watching Fox’s American Idol reached an all-time low this week, for both its performance and results shows.

Thursday’s episode was watched by 11.03 million viewers and had a 2.7 rating among viewers 18 to 49. Wednesday’s episode had 12.33 million viewers and a 3.2 rating. Survivor, which aired opposite Wednesday’s performance show during the first hour, had 9.43 million viewers and a 2.5 rating. Tuesday’s The Voice had 12.41 million viewers and a 4.1 rating–significantly higher, though it is in a different stage of the competition and airing on a different day.

The New York Times’ analysis says “It is still too early to crown The Voice as the new king of the singing competitions, because in its first outings this season Fox’s Idol scored notably better numbers than the first two episodes of NBC’s The Voice this week.” But it added “that may be the inescapable conclusion by the end of this season” if these trends continue.

Despite the entertainment offered by Nicki Minaj, the show has been pretty boring, especially during its ever-awful results shows. Meanwhile, viewers have already purged the finalists of all white men, and another person with a penis was voted off last night, so perhaps things will pick up when only talented women remain. Or perhaps just no one cares any more.

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