It’s the end of an era. For years, American Idol was a ratings juggernaut that was the highest-rated show on television. Those days are long gone and FOX has decided to end the series. Will there be a ratings resurgence or will the numbers drop lower, making the execs wish they’d just cancelled it last year. Stay tuned.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol will air twice a week for part of the season, on Wednesday and Thursday nights. 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 likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The Wednesday editions of the 14th season of American Idol averaged a 2.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.11 million total viewers.
Note: Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the American Idol TV show? Do you think it should be ending? Should FOX bring it back for a 16th season instead?