Mariah Carey - Why Have American Idol Ratings Dropped?

Few television programmes manage to make it to a twelfth season successfully; writing gets stale, possible plot lines for characters become exhausted, and viewers get bored. So, for American Idol to make it to this stage is a decent feat in itself. However, it really isn't all that surprising for its viewing ratings to be dropping off a sharp cliff now. 

They are dropping off, but with the show's premier rating hitting over 21million last year, it still has a long way to go before potentially being cancelled. This time around, the premier scored 17million viewers, it seems like a lot but that's a drop of almost 20%. 

The first and most obvious reason for the drop is its big competition over the past couple of years; The X Factor and The Voice. The man behind American Idol, Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, said "It's 12 years old and you can't expect everything to stay as big as Idol was." Adding that ratings could improve on the strength of newest judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

The disputes between Minaj and Carey that kicked off last year - including a 'death threat' - producers would surely hope to raise the profile of the show further to entice people to tune in to check out the arguments for themselves. Judging by the premier that hasn't really worked, but as Darnell has pointed out there is still the chance for the series as a whole to do well. Unless the show can switch it up a bit or have singers that are genuinely new and fresh, that is unlikely to happen. 


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I'd like to add,the only judge who had "checked in" for duty IMHO and I've seen every season except season 1,was Mariah. She gave people have a chance,like the the clueless Sikh at the end.Personally,I hope he gets a lot more chances. His singing was brief but capable of of switching from classical forms to modern ones. I think some judges might be surprised just how much breath control those long classical phrases take and how much more power his lungs have that he was unaware that they wanted from him. I listen to this music frequently and rarely with microphones. The singers never need them and are used to performing in halls that don't have them.Jackson was as useless as usual. I was glad when I read he was leaving. Why is he back? And Keith seems too not connect with Randy and to fear the 2 women. This is not good.

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It's unwatchable? I recorded it and made it through the recording in 15 minutes. The cat fights? Not amused. The pity-party back stories-"1 have 35 year life expectancy.I was a dancer for 17 years till they cut off my leg.My parents are watching but I really can't sing..."-oh yes and the first "find",the girl who added so many frills I longed for Simon to say "shut up" instead of praise her. But no. So happy to find someone on pitch, they offered her the crown 15 minutes into Day one. Should I laugh or cry. Minaj wasn't wearing the clown wig yet so -let's go with cry. Clay Aiken. Where are you? I miss your wit,charm,intelligence,and dare we say it? I miss your voice.

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