American Idol ratings from Mediaweek:

Over at dominant Fox, warhorse American Idol remained just that, with 23.67 million viewers and an 8.3/23 among adults 18-49 from 8-9 p.m. Look for the first round of auditions in Hollywood tonight. Despite the hefty lead-in support, the season (or series) finale of sophomore Human Target dipped to third, with 8.30 million viewers and a 2.4/ 6 in the demo at 9 p.m. Comparably, that put retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of American Idol (Viewers: 26.00 million; A18-49: 9.1/14) of just 32 percent in total viewers and 26 percent among adults 18-49. With that in mind, my guess is we will not be seeing a third season of Human Target.

According to TVByTheNumbers, The ratings are “down 7.8% from last Wednesday’s episode and also down 7.8% from the comparable Tuesday night episode last season.”

“Idol is holding up very well in the comparisons of this year’s Wednesdays vs. last season’s Tuesdays. It’s this year’s Thursdays vs. last year’s Wednesday where it is suffering the larger declines.”

And Paula Abdul’s new show which crowned a winner last night, went out like a lamb. A little, bitty baby lamb:

In other season (or series) finale news, Live to Dance on CBS exited with a whimper at 4.81 million viewers (#3) and a fourth-place 0.9/ 3 among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. Paula Abdul, no doubt, would be a much better fit opposite Simon Cowell on upcoming Fox reality/competition The X-Factor next fall.

 
  • sma11ie

    Waiting for dizzyfeet’s spin =P… I think we’re sick of auditions. Hoping ratings will steady now that we’re onto Hollywood week…?

  • Valentin432

    Waiting for dizzyfeet’s spin =P… I think we’re sick of auditions. Hoping ratings will steady now that we’re onto Hollywood week…?

    The ratings have never stayed steady till HW, it always peak at the premiere and decline more or less after that.

    Last years last audition show was worse than this: 20.999 M and 7.8/21 and the ratings began much higher than this year.

    Based on the ratings from the premiere, I think the audition phase has been a success at maintaining the interest of the viewers.

  • tinawina

    sma11ie, I know I”m sick of auditions! :D

    I think Hollywood week is usually the lowest rated part (anyone? Bueller?) but it is where the hardcore fans start forming alliances, and good buzz leading out from Hollywood would be great for the show.

    They are still killing all the competition, so I doubt Idol is too worried for the moment.

  • Miss Blue

    Not surprised the ratings dropped after the horrible LA episode. Maybe AI will get a friggen clue and realize an hour of crap auditions isn’t what sells this show. And it hurts the episodes following crap like that.

  • bridgette12

    I think the problem is that people are sick of the audition shows with these neverending sob stories. Maybe some of the audience is thinking that they would like to remember the show for an amazing vocal performance instead of another crying session. Some of Idols greatest vocalist like Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, Cook and Adam didn’t need some kind of story to exploit to make a lasting impression on the audience. They simply let their vocals make them stand out from everyone else. What exactly is the top 12 for Season 10 going to end being, the best of the sob stories or ones with the most potential to have a music career.

  • Mark

    I think the problem is that people are sick of the audition shows with these neverending sob stories. Maybe some of the audience is thinking that they would like to remember the show for an amazing vocal performance instead of another crying session.

    Honestly, doubt it. Some people watch Idol simply as a passing spectacle, and don’t have the attention to really follow the show in that manner. The stabilization that occurs soon is because those people have moved on, and we’re left to the people who more closely follow the show, even as casual viewers.

  • Hazehel

    it always peak at the premiere and decline more or less after that.

    Nope. Season 1, 2 and 5 had higher ratings in the finale than the premiere, although it is fair to say that in ratings generally decline after the premiere.

    I think Hollywood week is usually the lowest rated part

    Not really, the lowest part is usually somewhere in the middle of the finals.

    I’ll see if I can post some numbers later.

  • Elliegrll

    I think the problem is that people are sick of the audition shows with these neverending sob stories

    People always get sick of the audition shows at this point. Last year the first episode started off with 30 million people, and then dropped to a little over 23 million for the last audition episode, so nothing is different. There are also the same complaints every year about the sob stories, lack of seeing enough of the people who can actually sing, too much emphasis on the joke auditions, and so on. The only difference this year is that Steven and Jennifer have been getting credit for giving good advice, which is something that the judges have’t done in the past.

  • J9BT

    Over at dominant Fox, warhorse American Idol remained just that, with 23.67 million viewers and an 8.3/23 among adults 18-49 from 8-9 p.m.

    It doesn’t seem to me like Fox is having any sort of problem with these awesome ratings which are clearly blowing away all of the competition!

  • Hazehel

    I don’t have numbers for the all the seasons, but here are some of the numbers from Season 5 onwards, numbers in million (some of the numbers from here at mjsbigblog) –

    Season 5
    First audition episode – 35.53
    Last audition episode – 31.1

    First Hollywood episode – 29
    Last Hollywood episode – 28.7

    Fist semi-final episode – 30.2
    Last semi-final episode – 27.1

    First final episode – 32.7
    Finale – 36.38

    Lowest rated show – 22.6 (Top 8 result show, not sure what happened that night but it’s unusually low)

    Season 6
    First audition episode – 37.44
    Last audition episode – 27.9

    First Hollywood episode – 31.2
    Last Hollywood episode – 28.9

    Fist semi-final episode – 29.5
    Last semi-final episode – 27.5

    First finals episode – 29.8
    Finale – 30.76

    Lowest rated show – Top 3 performance – 24.2

    Season 7
    First audition episode – 33.48
    Last audition episode – 26.3

    First Hollywood episode – 30.0
    Last Hollywood episode – 24.8

    Fist semi-final episode – 29.0
    Last semi-final episode – 26.5

    First finals episode – 29.9
    Finale – 31.66

    Lowest rated show – 17.8 (Idol Gives Back, otherwise it’s 20.1 for Top 8 result show which is on Thursday, and 21.8 for the Top 4.)

    Season 8
    First audition episode – 30.42
    Last audition episode – 24.613

    First Hollywood episode – 26.06
    Last Hollywood episode – 24.825

    Fist semi-final episode – 25.37
    Last semi-final episode – 21.5

    First finals episode – 25.767
    Finale – 28.84

    Lowest rated show – 20.89 (second semi)

    Season 9

    First audition episode – 29.94
    Last audition episode – 21

    First Hollywood episode – 27.89
    Last Hollywood episode – 18.63

    Fist semi-final episode – 24.21
    Last semi-final episode – 19.34

    First finals episode – 22.91
    Finale – 24.215

    Lowest rated show – 17.498 (Top 5 performance)

    Season 10
    First audition episode – 26.23
    Last audition episode – 23.67

    Some of the numbers are lower because they fall on a Thursday (for example the semifinal result shows), or there were some special event on other channels. In general, however, you can say that ratings fall after the premiere, but they perk up a bit at the start of each phase of the competition. The drop in ratings for the last Season 10 audition episode is nothing unusual.

    The first Hollywood week episode this year falls on a Thursday, so we might see a drop in ratings instead of the rise we see in many past years.

  • tinawina

    Not really, the lowest part is usually somewhere in the middle of the finals.

    I’ll see if I can post some numbers later.

    Thanks! I would love to see the numbers if you get a chance to post them. I have never been totally clear on what the ratings pattern is in the middle of the season.

    ETA: I see you did it! Thanks!

  • sma11ie

    The only difference this year is that Steven and Jennifer have been getting credit for giving good advice, which is something that the judges have’t done in the past.

    I was just thinking they don’t give enough advice for the contestants to work on- I wish they’ed tell more people that they’re being put through, but they need to work on their confidence, or presence, or vocal control, or whatever.

  • chessguy99

    I think the drop was due to last week’s shows being the two weakest of the season. After that LA show, I’m surprised they didn’t drop double figures. Hopefully they’ll be able to lessen the ratings bleed now that Hollywood Week is here.

  • J9BT

    chessguy99:
    02/10/2011 at 2:48 pm
    I think the drop was due to last week’s shows being the two weakest of the season. After that LA show, I’m surprised they didn’t drop double figures. Hopefully they’ll be able to lessen the ratings bleed now that Hollywood Week is here.

    From looking at the numbers Hazehel reported above, this season has the lowest percent drop in audition viewers from the 1st round to the last round of any season reported in her numbers, with only a 9.76% drop in total viewers. For comparison purposes, Season 9 had a 30% drop, Season 8 had a 19% drop, Season 7 had a 21% drop and Season 6 had a 25% drop. Even Season 5 had over a 12% drop, so I’d say these ratings held pretty steady!

  • Hazehel

    I would love to see the numbers if you get a chance to post them. I have never been totally clear on what the ratings pattern is in the middle of the season.

    If you want the details, MJ has some charts for some seasons –

    Season 5 – http://mjsbigblog.com/historical-charts/season-5-ratings
    Season 6 – http://mjsbigblog.com/historical-charts/season-6-ratings
    Season 7 – http://mjsbigblog.com/historical-charts/season-7-ratings (can’t see this chart some reasons, but I have the numbers somewhere if it doesn’t work for you as well)

    For Season 9, you can find the numbers at wiki -
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol_(season_9)#US_Nielsen_ratings (click on “show” to see the chart)

    Season 8 is missing, and here are the numbers for the Season 8 finals –

    Top 12 - 25.77
    Result - 25.54
    Top 11 – 21.89
    Result - 23.705
    Top 10 – 26.02
    Result - 23.102
    Top 9 - 24.41
    Result - 24.34
    Top 8 – 22.81
    Result - 22.98
    Top 7 – 24.38
    Result - 24.11
    Top 7.2 – 23.96
    Result - 23.95
    Top 5 – 23.26
    Result - 22.36
    Top 4 - 23.41
    Result - 23.57
    Top 3 - 22,712
    Result - 24,67
    Top 2 - 23.82
    Finale - 28.84

    What happens with the ratings in the finals depends very much on the season. It normally dips at the season progresses, but then picks up towards the finale. Season 5 and Season 8 are two seasons where the ratings didn’t drop too badly except for the odd episode where the rating is unusually low (something special on other channels perhaps). The performance show of Season 6 dipped badly, but for some reasons the results shows of that season did better, I would assume that’s because there weren’t any good shows scheduled against it.

    In Season 7 it dipped particularly badly in the middle, and it prompted Simon to say the that season’s contestants were boring and that he wanted more interesting contestants next season. Which is probbly why you get Tatiana and Nick Mitchell in Season 8 – they were deliberately trying to create a Sanjaya.

    From looking at the numbers Hazehel reported above, this season has the lowest percent drop in audition viewers from the 1st round to the last round of any season reported in her numbers,

    I think I should say that numbers can be deceiving, for example the numbers for the last audition episode of Season 6, 7 and 9 were for the Best/Worst of the Rest episode and people probably weren’t that interested, and Season 8′s was on a Thursday where the rating is normally slightly lower. Otherwise I think the the drop this season isn’t that different from previous ones.

  • Valentin432

    Finals are up
    American Idol
    - 24.051 million viewers
    - 13.0/21 HH
    - 8.4/23 A18-49

  • Tess

    I was just thinking they don’t give enough advice for the contestants to work on- I wish they’ed tell more people that they’re being put through, but they need to work on their confidence, or presence, or vocal control, or whatever.

    ALL of the auditions are edited. I don’t think that advise to contestants who aren’t moving forward would really make good TV…so if that information is handed out it is probably on the cutting room floor. AI is not a true-to-life documentary that is made to educate people…it is a reality show made to make money and to get viewers invested in the series.