The ratings for this venerable singing competition have been falling for quite awhile and they saw a big drop last season. Will the numbers continue to fall or will they start to rebound? Could American Idol finally be cancelled? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol will air twice a week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, for only part of the season. For the first time, the results will be wrapped into the performance episodes. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban return to the judge’s table.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically the following morning, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/11 update: FOX has renewed American Idol for a final and 15th season.
Final season averages:2.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.11 million total viewers.
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Reference point: The Wednesday episodes from season 13 averaged a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.25 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you like the American Idol TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 15th season? Would you keep these judges?
I have watched American Idol off and on during the past 14 years. I look forward to January every year. I appreciate not having to watch all those wishing their fifteen seconds on TV, but get to see auditions of those making it to Hollywood. Some years the talent is exceptional and a few seasons the talent was mediocre. Then there was the year that Adam Lambert came in second. What a disgrace! He is possibly the most talented performer of all American Idol years. The past two seasons have been entertaining and Harry provides good critiques not just pats… Read more »
as an avid Idol fan until The Voice came on the scene. It might just be time to go, although you finally got the judges right. In my opinion, Nikki Minaj destroyed any shred of cedibility the show had. It’s hard to recover from that disaster.
No one is forcing anyone to watch American Idol. If you hate it don’t watch it. But there are people that like the show and want it to continue. Why does it matter if it is cancelled or not. Stop being so selfish.