Nigel Lythgoe Hits Back at American Idol Ratings Criticism
Due to a drop in ratings over the past few years, Fox is rumored to be planning some“creative reinvigoration” for American Idol before Season 12 begins. But the show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, is speaking up to say that he’s not too thrilled with all of the change chatter.
In an interview withTV Line, Nigel said that he was “shocked” to hear Fox President Kevin Reilly say that the ratings dip for Season 11 was “more than anticipated.” With the addition of The X Factor and The Voice to the singing competition genre, he explained, “There’s just a lot more on offer today, and kids don’t always watch the television anymore. The world has changed in the 11 years that we’ve been doing this.”
Nigel also admitted to be “annoyed” with the insinuation that the show’s producers are oblivious to the ratings drop. He notes that not much can be done to change the simple yet very successful format of Idol.
“Kids audition for us,” said Nigel. “Their talent is what brings people in to watch the show. Do we change the format? Maybe we should do it under water while basket weaving? It surprises me that there’s some kind of challenge to the producers to make it more exciting.”
For what it’s worth, Nigel does have a point. Idol is still Fox’s number one program. Too much change to the “simple formula” could certainly have a negative impact upon loyal viewership!