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'American Idol' loses 7 million viewers compared to last year's finale
New York Daily News ^ | 05/17/2013 | BY DAVID HINCKLEY

Posted on 05/17/2013 2:10:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The bad dream of a season for Fox’s “American Idol” ended Thursday with a ratings nightmare, as the singing competition lost a staggering 7 million viewers from last season’s finale.

Thursday’s finale, in which Candice Glover won the coveted prize, averaged 14.3 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

That’s down a third from more than 21 million last year — and the news gets worse.

Two years ago the finale had more than 29 million viewers, meaning “Idol” has shed half its audience in two years.

And from Fox’s viewpoint, that’s not even the worst number. Thursday’s share of the 18- to 49-year-old viewers most coveted by advertisers went into free-fall, dropping 44% from last year.

Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, speaking earlier this week before the network’s annual “upfront” presentation of its fall schedule to advertisers, said the producers will go to work “Friday morning” to consider ways to stem the audience exodus.

Original judge Randy Jackson has already said he will not return next year, a decision Reilly said was “mutual, with absolutely no hard feelings on either side.”

Judge Nicki Minaj was reported leaving at midweek, and it is widely expected remaining judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban will also depart.

Reilly said it is “likely” the show will revert to a three-judge panel next year.

But he also said he thought the audience erosion was tied less to the judges than to the format. He said the “boy/girl” episodes in midseason were not well watched, suggesting there will be some changes next year.

At its peak in 2006, the “Idol” finale drew more than 36 million viewers, and for years the finales drew more than 30 million, making it the most popular non-sports broadcast TV show of the 21st century.

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1 posted on 05/17/2013 2:10:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Office” Finale was on at the same time! I kept switching over to Idol during the commercials.


2 posted on 05/17/2013 2:14:03 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t watch (I’m overseas), but I heard the final was fixed so that it would be between a couple of chicks. Goes to show the brilliance of those in Hollywood.


3 posted on 05/17/2013 2:14:53 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two words, “Nicky Minaj”


4 posted on 05/17/2013 2:15:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I would suspect that most that were paying attention already knew that Candice had it won. I know I did, but watched it anyway since I am a Candice fan.


5 posted on 05/17/2013 2:17:56 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: SeekAndFind

Nikky Minaj is the rudest and most condescending American Idol, EVER!! She singlehandedly put this season down.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 2:21:53 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

As if she has any right to judge somebody else’s singing.


7 posted on 05/17/2013 2:22:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I thought it was very telling that all of the judges performed live...

Except her.

I do not see how one gets a job judging live singing when one cannot sing live.


8 posted on 05/17/2013 2:26:31 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why? I’ll tell you why.. Because this program has turned into ‘African-American idol’. The ghetto worship this program promotes is sickening. If you don’t sing like you’re in an inner-city church revival, well then.. “You just can’t sing”. African-American Idol is the most racist program on television. Herding young teens into the ghetto lifestyle is American Idol’s mission. There’s nothing ‘American’ about this show in the least bit.


9 posted on 05/17/2013 2:30:07 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: SeekAndFind
Nicky was the final straw, but the show began to lose me a few years ago when it became apparent that the best singer was not going to win. I also think that lowering the eligible age was a horrible mistake. They need a Simon like judge next year.
10 posted on 05/17/2013 2:30:39 PM PDT by whershey
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To: chris37
Nikki Minaj performed live at the Grammies last year with a weird take on exorcism:




11 posted on 05/17/2013 2:33:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Slyfox
“The Office” Finale was on at the same time! I kept switching over to Idol during the commercials.

That could explain it.

12 posted on 05/17/2013 2:35:17 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Okieshooter

I would suspect that most that were paying attention already knew that Candice had it won. I know I did, but watched it anyway since I am a Candice fan.
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I didn’t watch but a Candice victory was easily predicted. A good singer who had the advantage of going up against the weakest field in memory.


13 posted on 05/17/2013 2:35:17 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: chris37

She, like many of today’s top 40 ‘stars’ is a purely studio creation.

Some of the musician/production sites I participate on have a few of her engineers etc discussing what is needed to do up one of her songs. It’s a lot.

But image is what sells. Not talent.


14 posted on 05/17/2013 2:36:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Why? I’ll tell you why.. Because this program has turned into ‘African-American idol’. The ghetto worship this program promotes is sickening. If you don’t sing like you’re in an inner-city church revival, well then.. “You just can’t sing”. African-American Idol is the most racist program on television. Herding young teens into the ghetto lifestyle is American Idol’s mission. There’s nothing ‘American’ about this show in the least bit.

Geez, there's so much in there that's questionable to say the least.

Promoting a gospel-like style of singing is "herding young teens into the ghetto lifestyle"?

And there's nothing ‘American’ about current American popular music?

15 posted on 05/17/2013 2:40:08 PM PDT by x
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To: SeekAndFind

Hum, I wonder why she did not last night. Also...that picture, I wish she would close her word hole, I don't see why anyone wants to hear what comes out of it.

16 posted on 05/17/2013 2:42:51 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

It’s been that way since the days of “Fabian.”


17 posted on 05/17/2013 2:42:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
7 million less viewers? So does this mean the holocaust of music is almost over?


18 posted on 05/17/2013 2:44:54 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

You still have The Voice, and X-Factor to contend with.


19 posted on 05/17/2013 2:45:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Norm Lenhart

How to create a Sexy Pop Star (who can’t even sing ) with technology and auto-tuning.

See here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irk3_p15RJY


20 posted on 05/17/2013 2:47:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think if Angie had been in the final two, they would have had more viewers...


21 posted on 05/17/2013 2:47:55 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: dfwgator

True. But Fabian didn’t need over 60 (That’s not a typo) vocal tracks comped with Autotune/Melodyne on each and every one to get a performance either. He could carry a tune sans 4 engineers and a computer doing pitch correction.

And she STILL sounds like a strangled rat.


22 posted on 05/17/2013 2:49:32 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t speak Ghetto Jive so I couldn’t understand what the judges were saying. This year was pathetic.

Pray for America to Wake Up


23 posted on 05/17/2013 2:50:18 PM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh I know. I do it as a hobby ;)


24 posted on 05/17/2013 2:50:35 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind
This thread -- strictly for fans only.

So, if one's a fan, one must mourn the loss of the 7 million Americans Idle in front of the idiot box, yes?

25 posted on 05/17/2013 2:52:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I loved the show up until the last few years. The top ten finalists seem to be predestined and most of them were so polished that I expected their agents to be in the audience with the family. Maybe some new real judges and not professional bootlicks will help in the future.


26 posted on 05/17/2013 2:57:33 PM PDT by pacobell
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To: Norm Lenhart

Just to clarify...Do the autotune/vocal correction part, not the ‘starmaker’ bit ;)


27 posted on 05/17/2013 3:02:14 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: dfwgator

Bingo!


28 posted on 05/17/2013 3:03:32 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t watched American Idol since the judges were Randy, Simon & Paula. And even then I only tuned in partially. Now, I don’t even know who the judges are other than Randy, who I heard is leaving.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 3:04:10 PM PDT by Durbin
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To: dfwgator

She can sing? Who knew?


30 posted on 05/17/2013 3:05:37 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: SeekAndFind; dfwgator; a fool in paradise

Manufactured stars. During the pioneering Fabian’s times it was done behind the scenes, by cigar chomping mafiosos, plus Dick Clark, Allen Klein, and a few others, dee jays, promoters, distributors. Now it is shamelessly performed in full view of the national audience who is made a participant in the manufacturing process. You pick ‘em, you buy ‘em, how democratic! Why should Dick Clark alone decide that you’re gonna like Bobby Rydell? No fair, anyone can do it! Anyone can participate in stupidity!


31 posted on 05/17/2013 3:06:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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They lost their viewership because of the blatant manipulation of the show this year. They stacked the deck against any male advancing into the top 5 and eliminated eye candy for the younger viewers.

If Candice was such a great singer, why did it take her 3 years of auditioning for Idol to make the top 10? its because she fit the Idol mold for who they wanted to win this year. They really wanted Amber, but she fell apart on them, so they started pimping Candice big time.

The largest viewership was in 2006? That was the year Taylor Hicks won and they threw him under the bus after his win in favor of who they really wanted to win - Chris Daughtery. He got the winner’s treatment after his elimination and they are actually treating Angie the same way - releasing her single, signing her to a deal, etc. even though she came in 3rd place. The viewership would not have risen if she had been in the finale. She was voted out in 3rd place - her fan base couldn’t pull her into the top 2.

At least when Simon Cowell, who also couldn’t sing, was a judge the vierwship was up. But, it was evident the last 2 years on the show that he was bored. Randy Jackson also can’t sing a lick,but did fairly good at choosing talent for the show.

They need to spend the money getting better songs for the contestants and not pay the worthless female divas so much money to sit there and look pretty and say stupid things. Nicki isn’t in this category - she was rude and childish, as well as stupid, but she did make some good points.


32 posted on 05/17/2013 3:08:51 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Revolting cat!

Like Zappa said, we were better off with the old guys chomping on cigars deciding who the artists were going to be, rather than the young hipsters who think they know what the kids want to hear.


33 posted on 05/17/2013 3:09:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!

vocal calisthenics from each singer.. ughh...all trying to one-up is each other with various snorts, trills, yips and yehaws!..

it’s sickening truly sickening and it’s not singing.. it’s exercising. might as well be pumping iron.

lastly it’s not faithful to the song and melody and lyric.

I truly hate this show and also : The Voice.


34 posted on 05/17/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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vocal calisthenics from each singer.. ughh...all trying to one-up is each other with various snorts, trills, yips and yehaws!..

Why sing one note, when you can sing ten?

35 posted on 05/17/2013 3:12:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Because this program has turned into ‘African-American idol’.

Been there Done that.

Prime time version of "Amatuer Night At The Apollo"
36 posted on 05/17/2013 3:14:31 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Catsrus

I agree with all of your points. They wanted a female winner for some reason, maybe because of getting mocked for “white guys with guitars” winners so many years in a row. I remember seasons 4 and 5 fondly. They were fun to watch.


37 posted on 05/17/2013 3:14:56 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: RedMonqey

I liked the show better back when it was called, “The Gong Show.”


38 posted on 05/17/2013 3:16:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RedMonqey
"Amatuer Night At The Apollo"

Just need the "Sandman"and a siren...
39 posted on 05/17/2013 3:17:22 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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I liked the show better back when it was called, “The Gong Show.”

"True Dat"

(Booooooong!!!)
40 posted on 05/17/2013 3:20:23 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: dfwgator

Maybe, just maybe, their target audience has night jobs (part time). n/s


41 posted on 05/17/2013 3:23:52 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kuffir!)
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To: RedMonqey
And at least they had "Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine."


42 posted on 05/17/2013 3:24:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been a pretty reliable Idol fan since season two. I hardly watched at all this season. Reasons:

1. Nicki Minaj - The voice, the hair, the attitude...the total lack of respect for music genres other than her own...
2. Mariah Carey - Annoying diva. Great voice, but so full of herself that she made me ill.
3. The Agenda - it was obvious from the outset that they wanted a female to win, particularly a POC female. Very weak, mostly gay male singers put up against very stong female singers. Snooze city.
4. I miss Simon - Yeah, his ego was huge. Yeah, he could be very opinionated, but at least he was entertaining and he knew what he was talking about.

The fix - three judges. One a singer, one an engineer/producer, one a talent manager. I am thinking someone like Jacquire King who has worked with lots of talent, won a few Grammies himself and knows what he is talking about. They need a female singer with talent and some attitude, maybe Pink. As for management, there are a bunch, just gotta find someone with some personality.


43 posted on 05/17/2013 3:24:59 PM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve never understood Idol.What little I’ve seen of it seemed to be curiously devoid of talent or entertainment value.


44 posted on 05/17/2013 3:27:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Slyfox

Time to cancel the show! It hasn’t been good for two years.


45 posted on 05/17/2013 3:45:08 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SeekAndFind

I only payed attention toward the end because Cree is a friend of my daughter’s in Nashville. I wish she had won.


46 posted on 05/17/2013 3:49:53 PM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: dfwgator
GAAAAH!!!


47 posted on 05/17/2013 3:53:20 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: manic4organic

Let’s look at it this way — The winner of the show does not necessarily become the most successful ( see for instance, Jennifer Hudson or Clay Aiken ).

Kree might be the eventual winner yet...


48 posted on 05/17/2013 3:56:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been a fan in year’s past but watched very little this year and completely blew off the finale.

1. The judges, just because you can entertain on stage doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good judge. (I agree with the poster who thinks a producer and a talent agent might be better) I am not interested in what any of the people who judged this year have to say. I was also offended last year when JLo lectured the people at home for not voting for “the best.” (ie her favorite and I really didn’t like that contestant)

2. Song selection. The reality is that unless the contestants are singer/song writers they aren’t picking their songs at this stage in their career. That’s why you have a good producer. Giving these kids random lists only shows their poor judgement.

3. First round gets old earlier and earlier each year. Unless they find another William Hung, they aren’t going to get me. It also frustrates me that we don’t get to see the decent voices that don’t make it past the first round.

5. I kind of like The Voice when I catch it this season. They have a couple of amazing female voices. One young woman has this fantastic over-the-top personality to go with it and I am routing for her.

6. No WGWG’s. (That is a joke)


49 posted on 05/17/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: dfwgator

You know what ticks me off about those shows? They focus mainly on singing, if not 100% on singing. Why? What is the point? Having a contest to find somebody who can sing is like having a contest to find somebody who can eat. What is the point? Is the singing market not over-saturated enough? Good singers are a dime a dozen. Not even, a penny a million. They are as common as a communist in the Democrat party. And what does this winner get? A record contract and an awful song to sing. Why? Because nobody focuses on songwriting. So what you get is one generic assembly line singer after another singing songs that sound like commercials for food or energy drinks. I can ever listen to the radio anymore it’s so bad.


50 posted on 05/17/2013 3:59:49 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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