American Idol sees worst ratings in 4 years

by Paul William Tenny

I should have written a few things yesterday when I had the chance, because wouldn't you know it, it snowed in this area of North Carolina for the first time in like 2-3 years, and old 'net connection cried itself to sleep this morning and for most of the afternoon. Probably do the same thing on Saturday.

What could possibly cheer me up more than having the connection back? Seeing that American Idol had its worst ratings in the past four years. They were still monster, but if the first episode back is any indication, then this show has seen all the growth it was going to.

"Idol" received a 13.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to national Nielsen data. That's down 13% from last year's 15.8 and down 10% from 2006's 15.3. Among total viewers, "Idol" was seen by an average of 33.2 million, down 11% from last year.

That still puts it on par with the NFL playoffs and far ahead of anything else during the writers' strike, though such numbers may not hold up as the month wears on. Numbers like that, mind you, aren't going to allow Fox to survive indefinitely without scripted programming. They'll be able to hold out the longest, but they are still losing money faster than Idol can make it back for them.
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