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American Idol Ratings Hit Rock Bottom on Wednesday Night! 5/1/2013

American Idol ratings hit all all-time low for Wednesday’s performance show, proving that no one even cares that they’re missing out on the great talent this season. Despite incredible performances by the American Idol Top 4 ladies and the much beloved mentor Harry Connick, Jr., making an appearance, the show hit the lowest number for the series. As they often do on Wednesdays, however, FOX still won the night overall.

The temperatures are getting warm in most parts of the country, so perhaps everyone had a bit of spring fever, but the numbers were down across the board. Survivor, Criminal Minds, and CSI all had series lows for CBS, and ABC’s Family Tools had the lowest-rated comedy debut ever.

American Idol ratings last week were beaten by both The Voice and Dancing With the Stars. Both reality shows had bigger audiences than Idol, according to the Nielsen Co. That has to hurt for FOX. Before this season, American Idol was the most popular entertainment show in prime time for nine years straight.

Overall, FOX did manage to win this Wednesday with an estimated 11 million viewers and a 7.0 rating. CBS came in second, with 9.45 million viewers and a 6.1 rating. ABC came in third with a 4.3 rating. NBC had 5.88 million viewers and a 3.9 rating. The CW came in last, as per usual, with 2.46 million viewers and a 1.5 rating.

FOX is likely already setting its sight on season 13 of American Idol, devising ways to bring up the ratings, particularly in their target demographic. Hey, FOX, have you read our article, “Five Ways American Idol 2014 Could Make a Comeback”? Check it out!

What's your theory on the freefall of American Idol ratings?

Source:, Huffington Post

05.2.2013 / 11:00 PM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12

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