Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: when viewers don’t idolise Idol

The news from the US isn't good for Idol. Looking at much of last night's first episode, you can see the reasons for the falling audiences; it's self-indulgent rubbish in many places, especially among judges such as Mariah Carey.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night as the tennis did better. Bernard Tomic helped Seven with a tough four set win as a lead-in to the 6pm “special one hour bulletin” and then a post-game media conference where the questioning was less assured than Tomic’s smart and intelligent answers. He really has changed. Seven’s tennis averaged 930,000 metro and 1.363 million national viewers last night.

That’s because Roger Federer on Seven proved to be more attractive than the first episode of American Idol last night on Ten (for me at least) even though Keith Urban brought a directness to the judging comments in the “wheat from the chaff” round that his fellow (American) judges seemed incapable of making. Idol had 539,000 metro viewers and 704,000 nationally. That was enough to push Ten past the ABC and into third spot in metro markets, but not in the regions where it was watched by just 165,000 people, meaning Ten remained fourth behind the ABC.

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