Is American Idol Nearing the End? Audience Numbers Lowest Ever
The perfect storm of events have unfolded for Fox's hit show, American Idol. A recent report states Idol audience numbers have dropped to their lowest in eight years, since the show first aired. The numbers are still high, with 17.2 million viewers tuning in to this week's show, but as they close in on their finale, instead of numbers going up, they keep dropping.
Since the beginning of Season 8, there has been much speculation as to why the show's dropped in popularity. First it was the loss of quirky judge Paula Abdul, who was replaced by popular comedienne and talk show host Ellen Degeneres. Last season Idol fans had to endure the addition of songwriter/singer Kara DioGuardi to the iconic trifecta, and the results were mixed and not terribly positive. Not to take anything away from Ellen or Kara (well maybe Kara), but clearly the show execs misjudged the dynamics between the three original judges, Simon, Randy and Paula, and are discovering that tinkering with the formula was such a great idea.
Not that it would have mattered, because the next hammer to fall was the announcement that Simon Cowell, the backbone of the operation, was leaving after this season to head up his own show, X-Factor. As far as I am concerned, this was the final nail in the coffin for American Idol. It's like trying to replace Hugh Hefner at Playboy — it's just NOT going to work.
Also and issue this year are the contestants. Yes they are talented young people working hard and doing their best, but there's no real standouts. There's no Glambert, or Underwood, or Clarkson, or Daughtry or heck, even a David Archuleta. The most consistent star this season has been Crystal Bowersox and even SHE doesn't seem all that interested in being there.
Perhaps American Idol execs just needs to see the light on this. It was a great run, they did some amazing things, brought America a lot of entertainment and helped make undiscovered talent, HUGE stars. With Simon's X-Factor about to take over the airwaves, perhaps Idol should consider going out like a lion, rather than as a lamb.