Thursday Ratings: American Idol Down in Double Digits

Ratings are in from TVByTheNumbers

Fox won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, but American Idol was down 13% to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Touch’s official premiere did OK post-Idol, but it was down seven tenths (18%) from its special preview in January that drew a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. Especially given that there were no dramas on CBS last night at 9pm, it will be interesting to see what happens next Thursday.

American Idol ratings dropped in double digits this week. Last Thursday, we had the aftermath of the Jermaine Jones scandal and the very real suspense over whether another contestant would be eliminated or not.

Maybe Idol will pick up a ratings point or two when the finals come in next week.

NCAA Basketball aired on CBS last night. I’ll put up the chart as soon as it’s posted.

8:00

FOX American Idol 4.0/13 15.01
CBS NCAA Basketball 2.2/7 7.01
NBC Community 1.7/6 3.89
ABC Missing 1.6/5 3.58
CW Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.73

8:30

NBC 30 Rock 1.5/4 3.27

9:00

FOX Touch (Official Premiere) 3.2/9 11.69
CBS NCAA Basketball 2.3/6 6.95
NBC 30 Rock 1.5/4 3.42
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.2/3 4.71
CW The Secret Circle 0.7/2 1.74

9:30

NBC Up All Night 1.4/4 3.18

10:00

CBS NCAA Basketball 2.4/7 6.28
NBC Awake 1.2/3 4.65
ABC Private Practice (R) 0.9/2 3.41

  • http://twitter.com/kyfan4scotty kitty

    Idol should have announced last night that Scotty was going to be on next week as soon as his fans find out ratings will be up

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here is the table:

    8:00
    FOX American Idol 4.0/13 15.01
    CBS NCAA Basketball 2.2/7 7.01
    NBC Community 1.7/6 3.89
    ABC Missing 1.6/5 3.58
    CW Vampire Diaries 1.3/4 2.73

    8:30
    NBC 30 Rock 1.5/4 3.27

    9:00
    FOX Touch (Official Premiere) 3.2/9 11.69
    CBS NCAA Basketball 2.3/6 6.95
    NBC 30 Rock 1.5/4 3.42
    ABC Grey’s Anatomy (R) 1.2/3 4.71
    CW The Secret Circle 0.7/2 1.74

    9:30
    NBC Up All Night 1.4/4 3.18

    10:00
    CBS NCAA Basketball 2.4/7 6.28
    NBC Awake 1.2/3 4.65
    ABC Private Practice (R) 0.9/2 3.41

  • harvestmoon

    I wonder if the unseasonably warm weather in the midwest and east (plus longer daylight) had an effect on the ratings.  Everything in the eight o’clock hour seems low.

  • Tess

    Whooo…Idol is crashing and burning and still leading the night…nothing else was even close, even Fox’s much anticipated new series.  Network TV just ain’t what it used to be.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s the warm weather that’s causing the ratings to drop.

  • Anonymous

    Not only are the ratings lower than last year, but those for the live shows are not holding nearly as well. They are falling even more sharply than in season 9.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph

     This comment for the win.

    It’s true. Yes, Idol’s ratings are low, but… so are everyone’s. Network TV is fading more and more every year. It’s very possible that in 5 years, Idol could still be on, even if it is pulling a 2.5. Who knows? A 2.5 could be amazing for live Network broadcast by then. lol

  • Mickey_Mouseolini

    IMO the drop is due in large part, because of the talent in the competition.   This is not last year’s group.   Not by a long shot.   There isn’t one singer in the bunch, that appeals to me.    For that reason, my viewing has been sporadic at best this season.   Mostly, I just watch the performances after the fact on youtube.

    If I feel that way, perhaps many others do as well.   

  • Anonymous

    Idol is crashing and burning and still leading the night…nothing else was even close

      I’d be less concerned if the drops were year to year…but week to week has me raising an eyebrow.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph
  • Anonymous

    DST is one culprit, as well as the basketball games, but for American Idol, given the recent ratings it should be expected that ratings for results shows would be a lot lower than they normally are.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    I couldn’t even go through the youtubes of performances this week, let alone whole hour of results show. The youtubes i can shut down after 5s is the only thing that keeps me from hating the show this year tbh.

  • Tess

    Unless Idol has a guest performer that will pull in the ratings I expect that many rocky mountain and west coast fans just pull up the results online and then head out to do something a lot more fun.  And yes, this isn’t a season of media darlings….lots of good singers but no stand-out peeps who draw attention, and as yet, no clear front runner or enticing battle.

    I think FOX has a lot to answer for regarding how Idol is holding up.  They are still milking their cash cow and the show itself is taking the hits.  A half-hour result show…slam, bam, thank you mam was always the better solution.  I watched the performance show, sans commercials and fillers, and it was about 45 minutes of good TV.  People just have way too many other things to fill their down time without having to watch 3 or 4 minutes of commercials every 10 minutes.  For me that is what is killing Idol.

  • Anonymous

    I think the talent is as good as last year, and I loved that group, but some of the talent with a lot of potential have not lived up to it, i.e Hollie,Deandre, Skylar of late. Some of those with talent that have done will have not connected well to those watching i.e Erika, Elsie,Joshua. The other three P2, Colton,Jessica are what they are and have performed at that level have connected to people on somewhat, I will just leave Hee Jun out of the discussion. But as a group I do not find them likable or not likable they have not gelled IMO this means many people have not formed any attachment to them. Last year I needed to see who was voted off this year if I have other plans I catch up later. Add this to a million shows of this nature on TV with more to come you have the pyrimid game it will all grumble soon AI was lucky to get in at the beginnning.

  • Anonymous

    I think that there is a possibility that this group is more talented than last year’s, but the biggest difference is that people seemed to be more attached to last year’s group.  I remember all of the comments about the top 24, and how rough it was to see 11 of them leave at once time.  I can still remember the names of some of those 11, which is not something that usually happens with me.  Most seasons, I can’t remember the names of the people who are the first three to leave out of the top 13.  This season, I can acknowledge how talented this group is, but aside from Jessica, I would have been fine with anyone leaving first.

    I think that last year the producers did a better job of letting us get to know most of the top 24.  This season has seen more WOW and buzzed about performances, but even without the “Moments” last year’s group was a lot more popular.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph

    Honestly, I only look at the L+7 DVR included ratings. So many people DVR everything now that it’d be silly not to. They don’t release them frequently, but here they are for Feb 27-Mar 4:

    Modern Family: 7.5
    The Voice: 6.6
    American Idol (Thursday): 6.4
    American Idol (Wednesday): 6.0

    I firmly believe those are the three biggest shows on television.

     

  • Anonymous

    Results shows are very easy to blow off if there is an alternative.  Historically, they are lousy.

  • Anonymous

     I think the lack of innovation is another factor. Last year they had the “how great the new judges are” hype from de begining of the season, and when the judges started to be dreadful, people were already engaged to one contestant.
    This years’s group don’t have the same advantage. Actually, they had some negative buzz from the judges and a lot of people in the midia criticized last year’s finale, as the worst ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I would assume his fans know and probably watch the show already.  Aren’t they the ones supporting skylar?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think the performance shows have been holding up decently from week to week so far and that’s my main concern. Normally IDGAF about results shows, but I do agree a steep drop in those might be a red flag that people are becoming disengaged from the cast. So I want to see if we see a big drop in the ratings for next week’s performance show, since we’ve had 2 meh performance shows in a row now.

  • Anonymous

    Meh I’m not that worried, it’s just a results show and it went against march madness. Wednesday is what really counts for me. It didn’t have that big of a drop for Wednesday’s show compared to last week(5.1 vs. 5.4). People just aren’t into results shows. I’m a west coaster and I check the internet for results…

  • Anonymous

    That excuse seemed to work fine for The Voice…

  • http://twitter.com/pokepikalem Le Viet Anh Nghi

    This group is getting a little bit boring, tks to last week and this week theme. SONG CHOICE!

  • Anonymous

    But Idol isn’t The Voice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph

     5.2 to a 5.4

  • Anonymous

    Both apparently affected by DST. Same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I agree.  They are boring.  Except for Heejun none of them seem to have any personality and alot of times Heejun is just annoying.   This week is supposedly songs from the performers favourite artist.  I wonder how many Celine, Whitney and Mariah songs we will hear from the girls.  I’m not expecting that much from the guys either.  People are watching the performances but so far the eliminations have been predictable.  I put my money on another female going home this week

  • Anonymous

    True, but even last year results shows were getting 5s.

    The good news is it only lost 1 million in total viewers. All the shows seemed to be down-Awake and Missing was down 25%. Only idol and the basketball game got over 2. The rest were under 2.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    There are only 2 girls left that would sing those Divas, and one of them is likely the one singing Mariah. But given who’s there, I doubt there were be a whole lot of diva balladering from these 9 contestants next week.

  • Anonymous

    Or many people, like me, were not interested in yet another theme week in which the music is at least 20 years old.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I only look at the L+7 DVR included ratings. So many people DVR everything now that it’d be silly not to. They don’t release them frequently, but here they are for Feb 27-Mar 4:
    Modern Family: 7.5The Voice: 6.6American Idol (Thursday): 6.4American Idol (Wednesday): 6.0
    I firmly believe those are the three biggest shows on television.

    Traditionally American Idol doesn’t see big percentage jumps when we take into account the 7 day DVR viewing.  It has been the shows that air opposite AI that have seen the big jumps, we’ve seen that with both Modern Family and America’s Top Model.  We can speculate that this is because people usually watch AI live, so I don’t see it’s bigger than usual DVR viewership as a 100% positive sign.  People are getting out of the habit of watching the show live, and in my experience, that usually leads to skipping the show period.  

    The upside is that if this cast can start building some momentum and buzz, maybe they can convince people to keep watching, and more importantly, get back into the habit of watching the show live as it airs.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, it’s a good enough excuse to explain the ratings drop. 

  • Anonymous

    I know I’m not helping the ratings this year. After 11 seasons, I’m so terribly bored.  I zoom through on the dvr every week and honestly, I find JLo so unlikeable.  And it’s not much fun when you already know the outcome.  Dave Matthews imitator and Christian rock for the finale.  I liked Erika well enough. 

  • Hazehel

     I’d be less concerned if the drops were year to year..

    Year to year the drop is 37.5%.  I bet Fox is concerned.

    I wonder if we will see a series low this season.  The lowest ever in the 18/49 demo that I know of  was 3.95 in Season 1, so with just a bit of a drop further that will happen.

    I’m not sure if there is any point in arguing if Idol will beat The Voice or the other way.  The Voice isn’t really catching on like Idol did in its Season 2, so it might not do a lot better.  Perhaps if The Voice do a little better next season, and Idol do a bit worse, then The Voice might overtake Idol, but I suspect the audience might have had enough of singing shows already, and neither will do better.  The end of singing shows is nigh?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph

     I stand by my prediction I made years ago. Idol will go for 15 seasons.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if either show had some standout performers, that had the viewing audience and the media talking about them, then the ratings might tick up. I think the judges on both shows get more attention than the contestants. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NO4G73GL7KDSP4K3ERYEZJ5FYY Joseph

     Did you mention the wall to wall media coverage of Jessica Sanchez when she sang “I Will Always Love You?” o_O

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I don’t know. It’s hard to argue the singing shows are dying when we can have 2 big ones on at the same time fighting for the #1 and #2 slot in the demo. Both regularly have double digit shares and handily beat their competition. And that’s with one of them on a dramatic downswing.

    That said, I do agree that the market probably cant sustain 3 of these things a high levels, especially with rumors of one airing twice a year and brand new clones coming down the pike. Something has to give. I still think that we’ll be down to 2 singing shows at most 3 years from now. The question is will Idol be one of them.

  • http://twitter.com/GashleyT PunkSkittle

    Billy Joel week is not exactly must see TV.  Also too many of the contestants are too predictable.  Phillip, Joshua and Hollie do the same thing every week.  Elise is grumpy and boring.  HeeJun can’t sing.  So we’ve got 3 or 4 people who are really worth tuning in to see.  Hopefully they all make it to the stage where they’re doing two performances a night.  Otherwise, 90 seconds x 3 or 4 people = youtube.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Fans of certain past Idols will tune in when their favorites are on the result shows.  Otherwise, this year’s group is somewhat of a big bore.   Couple of cute kids, but they can’t sing.   The girls are blending into one another.   The OTT judging on Joshia? last week was too much for me.  Also, they are bringing on experts who are trying to help these contestants, but they think they are too good to take advice, and now they are starting to sound and look like a little advice might be wise.  

  • Anonymous

    Are you a Nielson viewer? If not, you have no influence on the ratings.

  • Anonymous

    Definetely a lot better than what we have seen on The Voice thus far!

  • Anonymous

    They are *all* doing the same thing every week. Not one contestant has “switched” it up to any amazing degree…. the only one who switched it up was the nasty comedian with his ripping off his shirt and singing even more off key. You know its bad when comedy is the most talked about after the show.

    While Philip switches up the tempos, he ends his songs in a very annoying way. Joshua starts well, then over churchifies… Skylar adds a country twang and sings Karaoke… Deandre does the same thing every week, Elise growls and sounds the same, Jessica does her acting out the song, Colton does his squeaky angst, Hollie tries hard, but just misses the Moment each time
    It gets boring and I am not surprised about the ratings and many people I know have no idea who Lana is so she wasn’t a big draw either.

    They all have interesting voices, but they are not much different in the *IT* department
    It’s really not that exciting of a year… so far

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    People in general are just watching less traditional TV.

    AI should think about broadcasting the show live online.

  • Anonymous

    It’s still fairly early in the season, I would blame more of the themes as opposed to the contestants. I still think this is one of the best groups we have ever had. Some haven’t been able to show everything yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    Our opinions are definitely differ on this. 

  • Anonymous

    It is hard to tell sometimes if it’s waning novelty or waning talent. I started watching the show back at Season 2 — every year there were 3 or more people I was rooting for big time! This year I only felt enthused to root for Erika.

    Where are the lovable, controversial or compelling personalities? We had those (almost) every year. This year, there is SOME great singing talent…but I don’t know…otherwise everybody seems so milquetoast.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not enjoying this season like I did Season 10. I think most of the contestants are talented–and I really enjoy Elise–but something is missing. Maybe it’s just that I really loved Casey Abrams and Haley and got very invested because of them.

    Last years contestants had a lot personality when performing or just being interviewed. They drew me in–even if I wasn’t crazy about their vocals. This year–they are more dull–except for Heejun. Heejun seems to be trying to hard to be funny in a way.

  • Hazehel

    I don’t know. It’s hard to argue the singing shows are dying when we can have 2 big ones on at the same time fighting for the #1 and #2 slot in the demo.

    With rating like this, The Big Bang Theory should easily beat it when new episodes air.  Not sure if Idol will be the #1 show in the 18/49 demo by the end of the season (I think it probably will), but NCIS (may be even Dancing with the Stars) might overtake it in overall viewers number.

    I was just wondering if this is a sign that Idol will tumble even more next season.  It’s possible it could go down to 3-4 next season, and soon you are talking below 3.  So, 2 or 3 more years for the show?   It’ll be interesting to see what will happen when The Voice and X-Factor air in the fall.  If one or both shows can still gain viewers, then it will be a good sign (not everyone is sick of singing shows yet), if not, then I think the days of big ratings for singing shows are over.

    I suppose I’m one of those who is somewhat sick of singing shows, I haven’t bothered to watch anyrhing of The Voice the last few week.  I’m really more concerned about other shows –  there are some interesting shows around, but they are getting pathetic ratings, no one seems to want to watch them, which is really sad.  I’m really wondering how the broadcast networks can survive.

  • Anonymous

    The Voice has been dropping a lot this season also. I think the big bang theory will win Thursday nights, but I think the wednesday shows will be higher. Monday’s ratings for The Voice were very similar to last season. Idol will beat it for the rest of the season I think. And I think DWTS will average around 16 million.

  • Nele621

    IMO, last year was a more interesting season, even if not more talented. First off two new judges, with superstar, iconic Steven Tyler. Then there was the Pia buzz when she got voted off. There was the Casey buzz, who wasn’t particularly a good singer, but one of the most charismatic performer of any season. There was Durbin, who jumped off a flaming piano, and the first metal singer. There was the victim Haley, who judges didn’t seem to like, and the fans in an uproar because it seemed she was singled out. She also had some of the most stellar performances of the season.

    Jessica is the only one who seems to be getting buzz this year. Period.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t say I personally influenced the actual ratings with a Neilson box in my house. But I am a long time Idol viewer, all 10 seasons and I’m just expressing why I’m not watching at night and catching up when I have time on the weekend. 

    There’s bound to be a Neilson viewer like me out there.  Who is bored with this cast and the show and the judges.

  • Anonymous

    Again, it’s still early in the season, Haley didn’t get her buzz until later. Pia wasn’t eliminated until top 9 week(this week!). James’s piano thing happened around this time last year. There’s still a lot of weeks left to where people can be getting buzz.

    I wouldn’t say Jessica is the only one anyway. HeeJun has been getting buzz, even if it’s negative. Joshua had a lot last week.

    I think when the ratings drop, people try to find excuses and use every one of the shows flaws as an example. I have noticed if the ratings are up or stable, there seems to be less chatter about the “problems” of the season.

  • SaSa8

    I never really understand this discussion.  Why doesn’t the title read – “American Idol Still #1 For The Night Even With Numbers Down”.  From the headline, it seems like the show is tanking.  It still has great ratings and millions watching.  Sometimes IMO it seems negativity breeds more negativity. 

    I personally have not connected to any of the contestants this season like I did for S10.  I thought last year brought more talent and more variety of talent.  To me last year was special.  It’s still early on though.  But I still watch, either live or on DVR.   

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Oh, I think Idol is defintiely in danger of falling off a cliff next year. They are going to need to do something drastic to prevent that. I don’t think anything will get close to scoring 20% above its nearest competitor, so in that sense I think the days of out-of-ths-world singing show ratings are indeed over, I agree. But can another singing show become a hit that stays in, say, the top 3 shows on the air for many seasons? I think so. I just don’t think there will be 3 or them doing it at a time. I think will one still be a big hit in a few years and maybe another one will hang around when the first one isn’t airing, but I don’t think AI, X Factor, The Voice, American’s Got Talent (and now Duets, etc)  will all be on the air in a few years.

  • Nele621

    I hope AI stays on for many years to come. I think the past contestants need idol to help boost their new albums and singles. The winners especially get an extra boost during the new season’s promos. Lauren got a nice boost, and I’m sure Scotty will get a much better one next week. How did Daughtry do when he was on last week?

  • Kylee

     I wouldn’t exactly count “Duets” as one of the singing competitions. Remember Karaoke Battle USA last summer? It will be just like that. I think idol will end up being the one surviving out of the three. The Voice started out with higher demos, but those have since fell off a cliff also. And now with it coming back on in the fall against X factor…they are signing their own death warrant.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here are last night’s final adjusted ratings from tvbythenumbers.

    American Idol was adjusted up two tenth of a ratings point among Adults 18-49 versus Thursday’s preliminary numbers

    8:00 FOX American Idol 4.2/13 15.58

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Is there anything to do to have less commercials on Idol or is this format set in stone?  It’s disgusting.

  • Kylee

    8:00 FOX American Idol 4.2/13 15.58

    actually not toooo bad of a drop. If my calculations are correct, it didn’t drop in the double digits anymore.

    Last weeks:

    4.6, 16.02

    In total viewers, it only lost a half million.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Yeah, I’m actually surprised that people watch TV in America. Sometimes I stay up and watch Idol and usually get so frustrated with commercials that I simply stop watching. Too many commercials, not enough content (actual show). 

  • itsalleternal

    Wow, CBS cannot be happy with those numbers for March Madness, it might almost be better for them to move that to cable.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Yes, I think a lot of people are discouraged about all the commercials!

    Many are mentioning Season 10, but I really got attached to the contestants in Seasons 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9.  However, I loved watching the show EVERY year even though last year’s Final 2 wasn’t that exciting.  I am trying to figure out what is going wrong this year.  I was so hopeful.

    Right now, Jessica is the main reason I am watching because I see a star in the making.  However, more people need to watch the show.  The fan bases aren’t as fanatic.  I just need to pinpoint what it is.

  • GS61_A

    Most of the best games were on cable.

  • Anonymous

    Really don’t get the constant comparisons between AI and any other singing shows (The Voice in particular) the show needs to stand on it’s own in it’s time slot.  I watch both shows, so what?

  • Anonymous

    Most of the games are on cable. TBS TNT and ESPN.  Just a few on CBS.  Just picking the wrong games. I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Who actually watches commercials?  I get up and do other things around the house since I know they will be 5 minutes long.  I rarely watch commercials (unless it’s a cute kitty one).  :D

  • Mateja Praznik

     What am I supposed to do at 1, 2 or 3am in the morning?

  • Anonymous

    Wash dishes, do laundry, watch the news, pay bills…all the fun stuff in life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002257468370 Aaron Davis

    Idol was a good show until all of the Amateur know it all’s got involved with everything! yup You’re so vain,You probably think this song is about you

    You’re so vain I’ll bet you think this song is about you Don’t you? Don’t you?

  • Anonymous

    I have never watched any other singing show, except the odd episode of Australian Idol years ago. Not even Glee. So burnout is not an issue for me.

    I wasn’t that excited by last year’s cast and I think that this year’s lot is more talented. I remember the singing of people like Casey, James and Jacob not being very impressive on plenty of occasions.

    For me, song choice is a huge factor. I’m sick of hearing yet another competently sung version of a boring song. Of course everybody has different tastes in music, but if we’re not going to have as many entertaining trainwrecks as in previous seasons (a la Kristy Lee Cook, Megan Joy, Scott McIntyre) to contrast with the great performances, then I want the good singers to choose songs that are a bit more cool and unexpected.

    Regardless of the talent levels, I think the show has been musically much less interesting since the arrival of Iovine and co. I can so see the appeal of catching up online and not wasting two hours of your week.

  • Anonymous

    When American Idol drops out of the top 20 shows, I will be concerned. It is still the number one show after over ten years on air.  Competition is bound to hurt ratings for the show but I am sure American idol will still be going strong while competitors have long been off the air.  A dip in ratings can be a good thing if it forces the producers to make changes to the show that make it more current.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you Nele621, about last year being so much more interesting.  I have watched Idol every single season and although I had favorites in previous years, last year was the best for me, and I think it was because I liked so many of the contestants so much.  This year is back to boring Idol like S9 for me.  It’s mildly entertaining at best. 

  • Anonymous

    They need to change the judging panel like ..now.. the judges are intolerably fake and pointless.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/57KPQ4K7HIGPGR7PDW333QMZJQ Steppen

    So far for me, most of the contestants are just either too one-dimensional or annoying; otherwise, HeeJun would not have a chance in the first place. They needed him (the only one with a personality, but even his jokes are getting old) to stir up the pot. AI also relied on puking, fainting, going to hospital, and disqualifying contestants to headline future episodes. What does that tell you?  

  • Karen C

    I think the difference with previous seasons is that we got to see the contestants a lot more before they reached the top 12, and there were a lot more voting rounds.  I think that fanbases really develop when the voting rounds begin.

    Maybe the difference with last year, even though they had less rounds, they did have some different types of performers on the show, and there was a novelty with the new judges.  At least for me this year it seems like there isn’t a type we haven’t seen before, and in most cases, better. Including the types I have liked and have won in the past. Also there seems to be a sense of people not wanting certain types to win.

    I also feel this season is a lot more manipulated, which started last year, with the Jimmy Iovine, and now the Tommy Hilfinger.   I like to see who people are as artists, and I think this comes through best when the contestants make decisions for themselves.  I don’t think Jimmy Iovine’s advice has really helped that much and in fact has hurt some contestants when they listened to him, and then he blamed some when what he told them didn’t work or if they didn’t follow his advice.