Fox led the Wednesday troops, with an expanded edition of American Idol (a combination of telethon “Idol Gives Back” and the live results show) at 18.40 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/17 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. Note that the final approximate 20 minutes are not included in the averages. For what it is worth, I think mixing the two does not work and it felt like departed Tim Urban was rushed off the stage. Here is the half-hour breakdown:
Well, I totally agree about poor Tim Urban getting the bum’s rush off the stage! Heh.
Not surprised the ratings were low. The ratings dipped below 20M back in Season 7 too, although the demo was higher (17.8 – 6.8/18)
At a running time of 2 1/2 a half hours and a show that moved at a glacial pace, it’s no wonder many viewers tuned it out.
American Idol: Idol Gives Back (Fox)
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 15.73 million (#1), A18-49: 5.0/16 (#1)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 18.46 million (#1), A18-49: 5.9/17 (#1)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 19.58 million (#1), A18-49: 6.1/17 (#1)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 19.83 million (#1), A18-49: 6.1/16 (#1)