Idol fi­nale rat­ings drop to record low

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Rat­ings for the Amer­i­can Idol fi­nale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary Nielsen Co. fig­ures Fri­day, Candice Glover’s vic­tory over Kree Har­ri­son was watched by 14.2 mil­lion view­ers. That’s a 34 per cent drop from the year be­fore, when nearly 22 mil­lion view­ers saw Phillip Phillips claim the “Idol” crown. That rep­re­sented the show’s pre­vi­ous record low fi­nale au­di­ence.

Among advertiser-cov­eted young adults, Amer­i­can Idol saw an even steeper 42 per cent drop for Thurs­day’s fi­nale.

The lack of in­ter­est in the win­ner of this year’s con­test par­al­lels the show’s de­clin­ing rat­ings for the sea­son. Fox is scram­bling to re­vive the singing con­test that once dom­i­nated TV, re­vamp­ing the judges’ panel and mak­ing yet-to-be de­tailed for­mat changes.

Orig­i­nal judge Randy Jack­son has al­ready an­nounced his exit.

Candice Glover

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