What was the highest-rating show of the 2011-2012 season? I’ll give you a clue: It’s not American Idol. The full series rankings for the year have been released, and for those upset about their favorite shows being cancelled, there’s some fascinating reading to be found.
The ratings are in – and American Idol has dropped significantly in its 2012 premiere. It’s way too early to predict the demise of the Reality Talent Contest to rule them all, but … shouldn’t everyone involved be just a little concerned that almost a quarter of their prime audience has apparently decided to dump the show?
I have a confession to make: I watched – worse, I enjoyed – The Glee Project, Oxygen’s spin-off from the Fox show in which a bunch of all-singing, occasionally-acting teens attempted to demonstrate that they had what it took to get a seven week guest-shot on the main show. But this weekend’s finale made me think a bit about what we expect from a reality contest.
Watson may have thought that Toronto was in the United States, but thankfully ratings care little for such trifling matters as “geography,” and the IBM supercomputer has brought Jeopardy its highest ratings in four years. So what other game shows could benefit from cybernetic guests?
Months of speculation ended today as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were at last confirmed as the new judges on American Idol, replacing Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres. Lopez and Tyler will join veteran judge Randy Jackson for the show’s 10th season (Kara DioGuardi isn’t returning).