The ratings are looking good for American Idol.

UPDATE: Final numbers from @Fox_Research:

Final ratings: #AMERICANIDOL adjusted up to 23.0m viewers, now up up 20% vs. last year’s Top 4 perf show and up 9% vs. last week

Final ratings: American Idol increased to 7.1/20 A18-49,  up 4% vs. last year’s Top 4 perf show and  up 8% vs. last week

Fox_Reasearch tweets, that Idol is up 17% vs last year’s Top 4 performance show in viewers (22.4m vs 19.2M) and up 6% vs. last week (22.4m vs. 21.1m)

American Idol is also up 5% vs. last week in the A18-49 demo (6.9 vs. 6.6) and up 1% vs. last year’s Top 4 performance show (6.9 vs. 6.8).

Stay tuned for updates. The final numbers are expected to be higher.

 
  • stwbcross

    Too bad because there goes any hope that the voting system will change and it’s now less likely we will see a new judging panel next season.

  • gangreen29

    Too bad because there goes any hope that the voting system will change and it’s now less likely we will see a new judging panel next season.

    I don’t agree. Something funny is going on. Nigel always reads feedback of the show, evident by his willingness to add mentors and themes when there was criticism that the show was suffering without it. Nigel is letting Randy and J LO hang themselves, and seems to be encouraging them to dig themselves deeper into a hole. I say Steven is the only judge brought back next year.

  • stwbcross

    I don’t agree. Something funny is going on. Nigel always reads feedback of the show, evident by his willingness to add mentors and themes when there was criticism that the show was suffering without it. Nigel is letting Randy and J LO hang themselves, and seems to be encouraging them to dig themselves deeper into a hole. I say Steven is the only judge brought back next year.

    I sooooooo hope you’re right!!!!!

  • Pam

    I don’t agree. Something funny is going on. Nigel always reads feedback of the show, evident by his willingness to add mentors and themes when there was criticism that the show was suffering without it. Nigel is letting Randy and J LO hang themselves, and seems to be encouraging them to dig themselves deeper into a hole. I say Steven is the only judge brought back next year.

    Heh. You may be right. Nigel probably see’s Steven as being good for ratings. I wouldn’t be a tad bit upset to see the entire panel replaced but getting rid of those 2 would be a good start but Steven does need to step it up on the judging front though.

  • gangreen29

    Heh. You may be right. Nigel probably see’s Steven as being good for ratings.

    Exactly, I think the producers see Steven to be a ratings draw that J Lo and Randy aren’t, and I think they also saw how much buzz the show got from new judges and would love to replicate that next year.

  • harvestmoon

    Something funny is going on.

    I think so, too. I think there could be big changes again for next year. I believe Randy’s contract is over at the end of this season, JLo has given wishy-washy answers on whether she is coming back, Steven seems to do be doing this show on a whim, and the Jimmy Iovine experiment clearly didn’t work out how they had hoped. I don’t think everything will change, but something will.

    Apparently, Rupert Murdoch was in the audience last night. I have no idea what that might mean, but I think it’s interesting.

  • Pam

    Here are the numbers from tvbythenumbers by half hour breakdown:

    Of course, Fox won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, as American Idol’s 6.9 adults 18-49 rating was up 5% vs. last week, and up 1% from the comparable show last season. Simon who?

    8:00 FOX American Idol 10 6.0 19 19.705
    8:30 FOX American Idol 10 6.9 20 22.429
    9:00 FOX American Idol 10 7.7 20 24.963

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    I think there could be big changes again for next year.

    It wouldn’t shock me if one or more of the judging seats became dedicated to whichever music star is trying to revive a career this year.

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing if said judge has an interesting point of view that s/he applies articulately and consistently to all singers throughout the season. An ever-changing judging panel would add interest and buzz to each new season.

    There are certainly plenty of 1980s/90s bands I recall fondly from my teens who are still putting out albums and whose main members might be entertaining for a season.

  • emmuzka

    I believe Randy’s contract is over at the end of this season

    And that means, buh bye, Randy! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass!

    While the show is now frustrating to watch because the crappy judging and pitchy singing, I must say that it *is* better than the snoozefest that was S9. So I understand why the ratings are higher. Though this wasn’t the major re-vamp and getting back to the old glory days that it was supposed to be. More like an assurance that the show still has two or three years left.

  • Duke

    Thank you, Gaga.

  • Elliegrll

    Thank you, Gaga.

    I don’t think so. The ratings for an episode where she actually performed were pretty low. I think it was one of the lowest, if not the lowest, rated episode of that season. It wasn’t her fault, people just weren’t invested enough in the contestants. People tuned in last night because they are interested in the four people who performed, and not to see Gaga.

  • Valentin432

    The ratings for an episode where she actually performed were pretty low

    I’m not going to argue wheter her mentoring helped the ratings or not but I think this is a little unfair.
    Sure the ratings were pretty low in comparison to other weeks but that result show was watched by a lot more people than the performance show. It must be one of the weeks with the biggest differential between the two (+2 million people).

  • cher

    I say Steven is the only judge brought back next year.

    I sure hope that this is true gangreen. :)

  • Valentin432

    Just to complete MJ’s final numbers:
    American Idol (91 minutes)
    - 23.046 million viewers
    - 13.0/21 HH
    - 7.1/20 A18-49

  • Valentin432

    Idol beat the DWTS performance show this week

  • Hazehel

    Sure the ratings were pretty low in comparison to other weeks but that result show was watched by a lot more people than the performance show. It must be one of the weeks with the biggest differential between the two (+2 million people).

    I think it is even more unfair to compare that result night with the performance night. Looking at the ratings it is quite clear that the performance night ratings for the Top 5 last year was unusually low, not typical at all. Something, not sure what, happened that night. The ratings for the results night show however weren’t that much different compared to the previous or following week, so that would suggest that Lady Gaga had very little effect, if any.

  • Valentin432

    IA that the top 5 performance was unusually low, but why would we compare more with the previous week ratings than the ones they got the day before?
    After all, it’s the result show from that performance night, I assume the more people watched the kids perform the more will be interested in the results.

    BTW, I went back to read the thread of that ratings show; very entertaining particularly the first coment by MJ:

    Wow. What’s going to happen when Simon leaves next year?

    Also, I’m not arguing that Lady Gaga appearing 5 minutes to mentor the contestant is what led up to the increase this week, it’s more or less expected at this stage of the competition because it’s getting down to the wire and people seem to care about these contestants.

  • Hazehel

    but why would we compare more with the previous week ratings than the ones they got the day before?

    I have no idea why it was so low, but looking at the ratings trend over the course of the season, it looks like something happened that night that was peculiar to that night. Sometimes it is easy to explain why ratings for a particular night dropped (Top 7 result was lower because of Idol Gives Back, whereas the previous week it was double elimination which gave higher ratings), but sometimes it’s not easy to explain especially when we are looking at events that happened some time ago. My immediate reaction then was that there were a lot of pissed-off Siobhan fans, but looking back I’m not so sure. So, who knows.