Why Are AI
Ratings Down?

The American Idol performance finale had the most viewers of the night -- but still had 7 percent less than last year. Does this mean the beginning of the end for Idol?

lauren alaina and scotty mccreery

Even the drama surrounding Lauren Alaina's throat issues didn't bring in the kind of ratings Fox expected for the American Idol performance finale last night -- which still managed an impressive 19.9 million viewers!

The Dancing With the Stars finale had 15 percent more watchers than last year, however, American Idol had 7 percent less viewers than last year.

What do all these stats mean? Are people simply not feeling the country theme of this year's American Idol finale? Or are people over Idol?

American Idol seemed re-energized this year, with new judges including Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez but they don't seem to be drawing the viewers in as expected. After last year's dismal 6.7 rating (compared to 2008's 10.1 rating), this year is faring no better with a 6.2 rating.

Glee's finale drew 12.1 million viewers and Dancing With the Stars' finale, in which Hines Ward and Kym Johnson won the trophy, brought in big numbers as well.

Tonight's American Idol finale will pick the winner between Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. Are you planning on tuning in?


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Comments on "Has American Idol jumped the shark? Finale ratings down"

Mike Larson November 17, 2011 | 1:00 AM

Haley vs. Scotty or Haley vs. Lauren, the deal is Haley being there would have kept the ratings up. With 19.9 million viewers for Scotty vs. Lauren finale means the ratings went down MORE than 3 million viewers from the week before from the top 3 performances. Now that Haley was voted off, it was really an upset to see that wonderful young lady go. As reflected on the ratings, she might've not been everyone's cup of tea but she clearly had a decent amount of people watching because of her. I hope she reaches success in her musical career, there are lots of people aware of her talent waiting to give her a boost as an artist. Congrats to Scotty, I hope I see these two young talents as future stars, specially Haley.

James Anderson May 26, 2011 | 5:00 AM

The bottom line is the voting system needs a total overhaul. With no disrespect to Scotty and Lauren, both of which are very talented...the two that should have been on stage at the finale were Pia and James. If they were in the running, the ratings would have been higher than ever. America was turned off when they fell out of the running early, hence the ratings drop.

MicHele May 26, 2011 | 3:29 AM

That's what happens when you have an all country final. Those of us that are not country fans, and yes there are still many of us out here, simply did not care who won. I don't believe it had anything to do with who was or wasn't a judge this year. They better shoot for keeping the competition diverse...and don't tell me that it's entirely up to the public, or the ratings will continue to slide next year. Even jumping the shark won't save them.

marty May 25, 2011 | 11:32 PM

voting system sucks. The finalists were not the most liked but the ones with fans that have the time, energy, and will to vote 100 times for a person. That means teenagers and country fans. rest of the country actually has a life.

LLynn May 25, 2011 | 8:30 PM

It has become so ual and unfamily friendly, we could not watch it with our four children comfortably this year. Not a family rated show anymore:(

Tomas May 25, 2011 | 6:56 PM

They haven't yet but maybe if they sign Roger "The Shark" Bernadina to be a judge, then they would truly have jumped the Shark. His blog... http://sharkadina.blogspot

schmoe May 25, 2011 | 6:50 PM

Good season, bad finale.

Jamie May 25, 2011 | 6:42 PM

Not surprised by the ratings. The best AI contestants were kicked to the curb, leaving us with Scotty and Lauren. I enjoyed this season (great talent and judges), but I could not possibly sit through a finale with the country cousins. But the DWTS finale was a great end to a wonderful season. Chelsea, Kirstie and Hines all were excellent.

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