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American Idol

American Idol’s Ratings Match Its Series Low, Losing to Big Bang Theory

American Idol ratings continue to take a nosedive, and last night was just one more dissapointment for FOX. CBS’s monster hit The Big Bang Theory kicked Idol in the teeth, and then Two and a Half Men finished off the job.

On Wednesday, FOX usually wins the night despite the dip in American Idol’s ratings, but more often than not the network loses on Thursday nights. It could be a sign that people don’t like their results shows, or perhaps interest in the show is waning overall. We’re frankly surprised, however, that Carrie Underwood’s appearance didn’t offer the network a bit more a boost.

FOX’s 2.8 rating matches its series low from last week, although the network still came in second with 11.28 million viewers. ABC was third in the ratings with a 2.2 rating and 6.870 million viewers. NBC was fourth with a 1.4 rating and 3.302 million viewers. As per usual, the CW came in last, with a 0.3 rating and .955 million viewers.

The continuing decline in the American Idol ratings is in keeping with our belief that a big shakeup will be in store for season 13, and we wouldn't be surprised if the show adopted a bit more a current vibe like its biggest reality show competitor, The Voice.

There are even rumors that Ryan Seacrest might be gone as of next season (perhaps taking Matt Lauer’s spot on the Today Show?), and no one is confirmed at the judges’ table as of yet. When looking at the next season of Idol, we’re left with one giant question mark.

What do you think American Idol could do to give its ratings a boost?


04.6.2013 / 04:58 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
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