It’s turning into one for the record books for "American Idol," but probably not in the way the show’s creators would like. Bill Carter reports in the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog that the ‘Idol’ episode on Tuesday,
April May 4 was the series’ lowest ratings among the 18- to 49-year-old demographic since "Idol’s’ first summer season on television.
The show scored a 6.0 rating Tuesday evening, which compares with an 8.3 rating on the same evening a year earlier, while total viewers dipped to 17.1 million, down from the 23.4 million who tuned in a year ago.
According to the article, " ‘Idol’ seems to be suffering from two factors: first, almost every show on television — network and cable — has seen some kind of ratings dip over the last few weeks, apparently contemporaneous with the switch to daylight savings time. That has been especially noticeable among shows that start at 8 p.m., as ‘Idol’ does.
"Second, ‘Idol’ now faces much tougher competition than it did in the past. For years the other networks all but gave up against ‘Idol’ and did not come after it with strong programming. Now the Tuesday at 8 hour is arguably the most competitive in television, with the voting results show for ‘Dancing’ on ABC; ‘NCIS’ on CBS; and the strong reality show ‘The Biggest Loser’ on NBC."