American Idol Ratings For the Season 12 Finale Hit Record Low
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American Idol Ratings For the Season 12 Finale Hit Record Low

Can American Idol ratings sink any lower before FOX really starts thinking the show should be retired? We can only hope the major revamp planned for American Idol 2014 can rescue the ratings before drastic measures have to be taken. You know, like canceling the results show and cutting Idol down to just one night a week — like they just did with Dancing With the Stars!

While finale numbers are often off a bit due to the length of the shows running over the norm, it’s safe to say
American Idol ratings for the Season 12 finale were their lowest in the show’s history. That being said, the long-running show still won the night, edging out other finales, like Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary, and the series finale for The Office. Of course, the one show to beat American Idol, as usual, was CBS’ monster hit of a sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

In the key advertising demographic of adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.4 rating and 13.61 million viewers. CBS had a 2.6 rating in that demo with 10.35 million viewers. ABC was third with a 2.4 key demo rating and 7.19 million viewers. And, despite a bump for the finale of The Vampire Diaries, The CW still came in last with a 0.8 key demo rating and 1.77 million viewers.

While calls a comparison to last year’s American Idol finale “apples-to-oranges” due to the fact that the show went over 7 minutes this year and the finale was on a Wednesday last year, this year’s finale was definiitely down in the ratings. Last year’s American Idol ratings were over a 6 in the key demographic and the show brought in 20.7 million viewers, but the competition was also much less intense.

We know that American Idol will return for Season 13 do you think they can regain their former status as a ratings juggernaut?


05.17.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, News, American Idol Season 12

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