Idol Ratings for First Results Show no Match for the Olympics

Last night’s Vancouver Winter Olympics beat out American Idol in the ratings race. I’m not surprised. Idol Thursday results shows are historically low rated. via The Live Feed

Fox’s first Thursday “American Idol” results show hit a season low Thursday night, with NBC’s Winter Olympics telecast taking the lead for the second time this year among total viewers.

NBC’s Vancouver Games coverage drew 22.9 million viewers, which was down 12% in viewers from the same night in Torino in 2006. “Idol” (17.8 million viewers, 6.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) delivered the reality titan’s lowest-rated episode of the season while continuing to reign in the adult demo, beating the Games by 45%.

“I never thought we would have the good fortune to beat the incredibly well-produced and enduring phenomenon of ‘American Idol’ even once, ” said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports and Olympics. “But twice? At best, I deeply believed we might come a little closer than we did four years ago, because the show is such a powerhouse.

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20 Comments

  1. I can only see Idol ratings continuing to fall as they seem to be ignoring anyone not in the teen demographic this season, unlike in the past.

  2. Well the Olympics are over on Sunday so next week’s ratings should go up. It’s not that I think AI deserves higher ratings but seeing Dick Ebersol crow about it gets my goat. The guy’s been instrumental in ruining NBC Sports coverage ever since he took charge and he dared to go after Conan too. Not that I’m a huge Team Coco person either but Ebersol sucks.

  3. Let Ebersol and NBC have this moment. After the Olympics, they’ll be back where they belong–pulling the caboose as the fourth-rated network that they are.

  4. Hate to say I told you so, but….

    I knew it was a bad week for Kris and Allison to be on.

  5. I wouldn’t say it was a bad week. Women’s figure skating is always a big Olympics draw. I expected it would beat a Top 24 Idol results show, even with Kris and Allison in the mix. Besides, NBC will be crying for half of their Olympic ratings soon enough.

  6. Hate to say I told you so, but….

    I knew it was a bad week for Kris and Allison to be on.

    I would like to think that almost everybody did what I did, which was, saw Idol at 8:00pm-9:00pm and then switch to Olympic women’s skating (which was so awesome).

    So, I hope that some people who interested, still saw Kris and Allison.

  7. The lower AI ratings might also have been due to the fact that one of the most popular events of the Olympics, the ladies figure skating long program, was on last night. The skaters were shown throughout the night interspersed with other events, so if you are a big figure skating fan, you pretty much had to watch the whole night to see all of the skaters (although the top skaters were shown in the last hour).

    There were also some events in which the U.S. got medals, so a lot of viewers may have thought it was a good night to skip AI.

  8. If you are like I WAS I’d only tune into the last 5 minutes of Idol to see who actually got booted…No need to watch 55 minutes of boring filler. Apparently, the return of Allison and Kris wasn’t enough to get people hyped about the results show.

    Since the “press” has been pretty blase’ about the contestants on this year’s show it will be interesting to see if Idol grows week by week or if the ratings react to the sentiment of the media. Also, other than the recaps there doesn’t seem to be a lot of early press about any of the contestants…though this may change.

  9. They need to cut back to 30 minutes the results shows, especially in the finals.

  10. Buderschnookie:
    02/26/2010 at 2:06 pm
    Hate to say I told you so, but….

    I knew it was a bad week for Kris and Allison to be on.

    Yep, I knew the finals for the women’s figure skating would be huge. The US loves figure skating, even if an American isn’t in the race for a medal.
    Also, if you flipped over to check to see if it was on- NBC was smart to keep showing clips of the women throughout the night and the “more coming soon” promos.
    Plus, in the meantime you could watch the US guys win gold and silver in the Nordic Combined event.

  11. Who didn’t expect this? Thursday night results shows during the semi’s? No one watches these shows. I was only watching cuz of this blog and wanting to check out Kris and Allison.

    They need to cut back to 30 minutes the results shows, especially in the finals.

    I actually think they should’ve cut the results shows in the semi’s cuz fewer people vote in the semi’s and people care less about those cuts. The finals results shows of late have been bringing pretty big name musical guests, so I’m thinking maybe they can work that angle to draw in viewers, do that suspense thing with the eliminations, and in all, I guess that’s enought to keep those shows at one hour. But in the meantime, we have 3 more weeks of one-hour Thursday eliminations that few people will watch.

  12. They not only lost part of their audience because of the Olympics, but also many had already tuned in the previous two nights and saw how terrible this year’s idols seem to be. If these people don’t improve they will become a joke as well as this show. I am praying that the vocal coach are working very hard this weekend with these kids.

  13. Well it was their loss not to see Kris & Allison as they were really great. It seems that many recorded AI though as both have a nice boost in sales for their albums – so that’s a wonderful positive from this- many have also donated to Haiti as well – so the effect is still there – just maybe not for the sponsors of AI !!

  14. bridgette12:
    02/26/2010 at 4:34 pm
    They not only lost part of their audience because of the Olympics, but also many had already tuned in the previous two nights and saw how terrible this year’s idols seem to be. If these people don’t improve they will become a joke as well as this show. I am praying that the vocal coach are working very hard this weekend with these kids.

    I think more than vocal coaching may be in order. The producers might want to start passing out the Xanax — some of these poor kids looked so scared on performance night I thought they were going to start hyper-ventilating. Seriously though, I hope the contestants can get some sort of coaching on how to be more comfortable on stage. If they had a bit more confidence, I’ll bet a lot of them would actually be able to perform better.

    Re: the ratings, we’ll see if they rebound next week after the Olympics end. Hopefully, the audience will give these kids another chance.

  15. LindaT
    “I think more than vocal coaching may be in order. The producers might want to start passing out the Xanax — some of these poor kids looked so scared on performance night I thought they were going to start hyper-ventilating.”

    Your right, those kids were shaking so badly, I was simply amazed how they even finished their songs. I think I am not alone in being shocked at how bad so many of these of these kids seem to be. There’s been some seasons, like 5 and 6, that I was bored, but there was a still a lot of talent. I can’t believe that out of all of the people that auditioned, that these were the best of the best.

  16. If they had a bit more confidence, I’ll bet a lot of them would actually be able to perform better.

    I agree, and I think that with one week under their belts they will be less nervous. Most people still have a pretty open mind about this season, although you always have those who feel protective of the past season and bash the new one at every opportunity. I actually think there are some great contestants this year and going back and listening the girls were not nearly as bad as the judges said. Paige for example just gets ignored but I downloaded her song off itunes and she reminds me off Allison…but better! Without the olympics ratings will increase, and I think they will be in upswing throughout the season.

  17. Yu-Na Kim is the shizzle.

    yup, quuen yu-na pretty much ruled last nite. seriously, this is the freakin olympics and the ladies figure skating long program is THE most popular event at these games…why such shock and awe over the ratings? really, much ado about nothing. now if the ratings continue to dip three weeks in a row, then yeah, there is something to worry about. but right now, i wouldnt get my panties in a bunch.

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