For the first time in five years, “Idol” saw ratings growth for its finale. The early Nielsen numbers were 29.3 million. Last year, the show only drew about 24.2 million, the lowest since season one. The 18-49 rating was 9.2, up from 8.2 in 2010.
Year over year, “Idol” is up 5 percent from 23.9 million to 25 million. The 18-49 rating is down 5% from 8.7/23 to 8.3/23. Note that the share is the same. The season 8 finale with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert drew 28.8 million and a 10.0 18-49 share. The season 7 finale with David Cook and David Archuleta drew about 32.7 million. The season six finale with Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis brought in 30.7 million. The top finale ever? Ruben and Clay season two with 38.1 million and the second biggest was season 5’s Taylor/Kat showdown with 36.4 million.
The final “Dancing With the Stars” finale was 21.4 million with 4.6 18-49 rating. This season’s 12th edition actually was the best season ever for the show.
- Atlanta, which has been an audition city five of the first ten seasons, is not part of the itinerary for season 11. Idol is hitting many cities it has not used very much in the past. Of the six referenced, only one is in the top 10 (Houston.) Charleston, SC is the closest to Atlanta.
Audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 include St. Louis, MO, on Tuesday, June 28; Portland, OR, on Saturday, July 2; San Diego, CA, on Friday, July 8; Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, July 15; and Charleston, SC, on Friday, July 22; and Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26. Additional details will be announced on americanidol.com.
- There were concerns before “X Factor” picked up Cheryl Cole that her British accent would be a problem. TMZ reports that she’s out and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who had been a co-host. There was also reportedly chemistry issues with her and Paula Abdul. Not sure how much her accent came into play though TMZ said that was a factor.