TV Ratings: "American Idol" Takes a Dip
Has Sanjaya Malakar finally hurt the credibility of the "American Idol" brand? It may be too early to tell, but the ratings have certainly taken a considerable dip. Over two million people have abandoned the FOX blockbuster since last week.
26,84 million people tuned in to see special guest Gwen Stefani and Sanjaya's fauxhawk at 8pm on FOX, with as many as 22,18 of them sticking around to watch "House" at 9:07 pm. Now that's what you call a well used lead-in.
To what extent did the dirty scheduling move on the part of FOX hurt "Dancing with the Stars" ratings? Apparently, not at all. The results show scored 17,6 million viewers, 1,5 million more than the first "Dancing" results show in September.
That plum lead-in was however once again wasted on a stinker of a 10pm entry. ABC premiered new reality program "Dream Vote" that barely managed to hold on to one third of that "Dancing" audience and then lost another 2 million in the second half hour. Wouldn't it have been better if ABC continued to use these results show as a lead-in into "LOST"? If it ain't broken, don't fix it, ABC.
Finally Mariska and Chris ruled the 10pm slot with over 12 million viewers.
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