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Created almost 5 years ago.
"Idol" premiere drops 27 percent... Any theories?

"American Idol" averaged only a 7.2 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday night, compared to a 9.7 key demo rating last year for the premiere.

Is it just the logical product of a reality show in its 11th season or is it something more?

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Replied almost 5 years ago.

Could be getting stale. Could be the judges are not interesting enough. When Stern appears on the other show it will be interesting to see how that works. If he is interesting and ratings increase (beyond Stern's fan boys), that will indicate to me that the audience, outside the core fans of a show, finds the judges to be the actual talent.

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Replied over 4 years ago.

So its rating dropped. Big deal. It is still pulling in 15 to 16 million viewers, which is several million more than any other show on television. It is consistently #1 in the ratings, by far (disgusting, to say the least). And compared to most hour long scripted shows, it is extremely cheap to produce. So this is all much ado about nothing.

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