‘American IdolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ finale audience drops to record low, reflecting showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s declining popularity
NEW YORK, N.Y. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ratings for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“American IdolÃ¢â‚¬Â finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.
According to Nielsen Co. figures Friday, Candice GloverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.3 million viewers. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a 33 per cent drop from the year before, when 21.5 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the Ã¢â‚¬Å“IdolÃ¢â‚¬Â crown. That represented the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s previous record low finale audience.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“American IdolÃ¢â‚¬Â saw an even steeper 44 per cent drop among advertiser-coveted young adults for ThursdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finale.
The lack of interest in the winner of this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contest parallels the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s declining ratings for the season. Fox is scrambling to revive the singing contest that once dominated TV, revamping the judgesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ panel and making yet-to-be detailed format changes.
Original judge Randy Jackson has already announced his exit.