Are any of you watching American Idol this season? Well at least 10 million less of you are watching than were watching just 2 years ago according to the latest American Idol ratings. In total viewers, American Idol is out of the top 10 for the first time since their first season back in 2002.
What’s causing the rapid decline? Well some speculate that there is just American Idol fatigue. People are getting sick of the show. That could be part of it. They have been on since 2002 after all and they have dominated for a decade. It’s tough to stay on top for so long.
Another issue is the changing of judges. American Idol likes to pretend that the loss of judge Simon Cowell didn’t hurt them but keep in mind, they have lost 10 million viewers in the last 2 years. When did Simon leave? 2 years ago. Hmmm.
The judge woes continued in to this season where Idol producers made the disastrous decision to have Niki Minaj join the cast as a judge. She has been absolutely horrible. She fights with everyone, is unprofessional, has been late to live performances, is rude to the staff, and never actually gives any real constructive feedback on the singing performances. People hate her so much that there is a Facebook page that currently has over 18,000 fans dedicated to getting rid of her. She is absolutely awful BTW and if Idol has any clue what they are doing, they will get rid of her.
The last thing you can’t discount is that the talent has been terrible as well. Singer after singer has just been horrendous yet every judge acts like they are the next Kelly Clarkson. All of the boys on this season are completely tone deaf and all but 2 of the girls are just as bad. The talent, and viewers, seem to be heading over to NBC’s The Voice.
The Voice is the 3rd ranked show in viewers aged 18-49 compared to Idol’s 9th place ranking. In total viewers, The Voice ranks 7th where American Idol drops out of the top 10 down to 12th place.
Are we seeing the beginning of the end of American Idol? Yes. Yes we are. American Idol is already dead. They just don’t seem to know it yet.