“American Idol’s” slow death continues

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Having massively overhauled its panel of stars to include the likes of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, American Idol is still on a continuous decline. The main reason? It’s boring.

When Idol launched, it was a fresh and unique concept. Sure, Star Search various other shows tried to capitalize on discovering talent, but no one did it like Idol did. Since then, the show has refused to evolve. It’s the same show it was in season one, just with a different cast of characters.

The Voice, The X Factor, and even America’s Got Talent to some extent have entered the field with the sole purpose of competing with Idol, while Idol has refused to change.

The show’s ratings reflect that.

Last night’s broadcast had 5% fewer viewers than the show did a week prior. This makes it the lowest-rated Wednesday network show in 11 years.

Beyond that, the show only had a 3.7 score in its targeted demographic last week.

The show needs a bit more spice than horribly staged snark between Carey and Minaj, or perhaps it needs to bid farewell.


Rebecca Thompson is Landmark Report's assistant editor and a dance choreographer in Seattle, Washington. A true renaissance woman, she dabbles in arts, politics, and even hunting, at Landmark and in her offline life.

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