American Idol Ratings Drop Against Blockbuster Royals Interview

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Unsurprisingly, American Idol ratings for Sunday’s episode (March 7) fell 2/10ths of a point in the key 18-49 demo. That’s because the show aired against the highly anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over on CBS.

And, in fact, The two-hour Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special pulled in 2.6 rating in the key demo and 17.1 million viewers for the network in early numbers. In other words, according to Deadline:

…that’s more eyeballs than last September’s Primetime Emmys and last week’s Golden Globes put together. Coming in low, the awards ceremonies had 6.4 million and 6.9 million viewers, respectively, and ratings of 1.3 and 1.5 when the dust settled and the final numbers were in. That’s 22% less than the early numbers for Meghan and Harry in total audience and basically even with the Emmys and the Globes’ demo results added up.

American Idol earned a 0.8 in the demo and 5.2 million viewers. Last Sunday, Idol stayed steady against the Golden Globes, earning a 1.0 rating in the demo and garnering 6.5 million viewers. Next week might be another tough ratings go as American Idol airs opposite the Grammy Awards. 

More ratings at Showbuzz Daily

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