“American Idol” fell 13 percent overall night two from the same episode a year ago to 22.9 million, according to Nielsen numbers released today.
Among 18 to 49 year olds, “Idol” fell even more: 23 percent, from a 10.1 rating to 7.8 rating. That’s still heads and shoulders higher than any other scripted show in this day and age but the show is aging fast.
Maybe they should have convinced Justin Bieber to be a judge?
Fox officials will say a comparison to a year ago is not totally apples to apples because it’s now on a more competitive Thursday night, against the likes of CBS’s comboe of “The Big Bang Theory” (13.6 mil 4.2/12) and “#*@% my Dad Says” (10.3 mil 2.7/7) and ABC’s “Wipeout.” (8.3 mil 2.6/7 18-49) NBC’s “Community” actually did okay relatively speaking (4.8 million, 2.2/6 18-49) followed by the debut of the abysmal “Perfect Couples,” (4.2 mil 2.1/6),. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily more competitive in reality.
The question now: will the percentage drops be about the same in coming weeks, get better or worse? Hard to say.
If anything, it’s fair to say night two was better than night one as far as a viewing experience.
USA Today doesn’t care about revealing spoilers outright. It features three New Orleans contestants who did not get featured last night but made it into the top 40, according to Joe’s Place. Four we saw last night DID make it all the way to the top 40, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Clay Aiken, by the way, is already rooting for the insufferably cute Victoria Huggins, the girl who is so eager for fame, she seems like she’d chew through concrete to make it. He’s known her for years.
And since I was such a fan, here’s piano teacher Jordan Dorsey’s audition again for your pleasure: