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.