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Fox Says Contestants Are The Reason For Dip In 'Idol' Ratings. Next To Be Blamed? You Stupid, Stupid Viewers.

By Emily Chambers | Trade News | July 21, 2014 | Comments ()


Granted my entire working knowledge of tv executives comes from the “Cancelled” episode of South Park, but this recent interview with Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice isn’t doing much to change my mind of them. Rice claims that former ratings juggernaut American Idol has lost some of its key 18 - 49 demographic because the contestants just haven’t been compelling enough for the the past two seasons.

“We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public,” he said at a Television Critics Association panel on Sunday.

Uh- huh.

Listen, I’m not really one to tell anyone else what do to, but could someone in a better position explain to Mr. Rice that his job entails more than standing over the bloated, Steven-Tyler stained corpse of a formerly “great” show and shouting “Clear!”?

Because American Idol is not a great show. It’s not even really a good show, and it never was. It was a novelty. It was manufactured dreams and stardust, and now that every other network has its own form of the show, American Idol needs to be over.

You know what was a great show? Enlisted. And Undeclared. And Firefly. And Arrested Effing Development. But you guys screwed that up, didn’t you, Rice?

So stop it with Idol. Stop giving Seth MacFarlane new shows. Put The Simpsons out to pasture. Shows don’t get 50 million viewers anymore. It’s about quality now, not quantity.

And seriously, please give us back Enlisted.

Source: The Wrap

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  • Ricky, Bubbles & Julian

    Can't believe nobody mentioned the incredibly greasy and irritating Ryan seacrest. Talk about a slimy zero....I can accept Keith urban and his 15-year old pop star wannabe haircut and lopez's complete lack of any talent other than ass and tits correcting some poor 15-year old's F Sharp skill. Connick makes sense because he made it on talent alone, not production or looks, per se, but seacrest is what makes me attempt to subtly choke out my wife so I can change the fresking channel to ANYTHING ELSE!

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  • e jerry powell
    “We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public.”

    If that's truly the case, then this many seasons in, you've pretty much exhausted the extant resources and should QUIT IT ANYWAY. Fourteen seasons in twelve years, and you've pretty much seen every worthwhile talent that's been willing to put faces in front of cameras within the show's parameters. IT'S OVER. Deal with it.

  • BrokenWindows

    Idol sucks because the contestants suck and the judges suck. Keith Urban pretty much likes everything, and Jennifer Lopez can only really critique the showmanship. At least this year they had Harry Connick, Jr. He was the only one who was actually capable of judging the actual quality of the singing on this "singing" competition.

    Not only that, the judges were ridiculously inconsistent. On multiple occasions they would tell the singer to "break out of your comfort zone" and "surprise us". If the contestant actually tried to do that and it maybe didn't work as well as they wanted, the judges would turn around and say, "you know, you really need to stick with what you're good at."


  • e jerry powell
    Not only that, the judges were ridiculously inconsistent. On multiple occasions they would tell the singer to "break out of your comfort zone" and "surprise us". If the contestant actually tried to do that and it maybe didn't work as well as they wanted, the judges would turn around and say, "you know, you really need to stick with what you're good at."

    That's not really the judges, though. Among Project Runway fans, it's referred to as "the invisible hand of the producers," because that's the only thing that could make Nina Garcia praise a mediocre designer for being "on trend" in a competition that's allegedly about being "fashion forward." The primary difference between the two is that, with Project Runway being fully produced prior to air, is that the "judges" (not really) make all the decisions about who gets eliminated/wins.

  • BrokenWindows

    I have heard that the judges no longer really make any decisions. That's a problem, too. If you're going to have judges, get people qualified to do it and let them judge.

  • Coolg82

    A significant problem is that every season now is a series of identical 16 yr olds and that one token 28 yr old that oddly enough either wins or almost wins every season.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I thought that said to give Seth McFarlane new shows and I began to rage impotently, but the back of my thigh tightened and I was forced to sit.

  • Shazza

    Didn't they blame Mariah and Nikki Minaj last year? So now it's the contestants? Maybe after 17 seasons, it's time to go.

  • What I don't understand is all this money invested in a show with no back end. Sitcoms and dramas, after their run, can live on in syndication, Netflix, or Blu-Ray and On Demand sales. But who wants to watch reruns of American Idol, once we know who won? Who, other than family members, want the discs?

    Some journalist: Crunch the numbers, and tell me why this is a viable business model.

  • doctormew19

    I believe they make money on the investment of talent and essentially selling the seasons albums and concert tours from what I can tell. There is still a weird one direction-esque market where people pay to go see the concert tour of the american idol contestants (I swear it sells out in NY but I'm too lazy to google that). that's the best idea I can come up with.

  • amberdragonfly

    It seems like I read somewhere right after the show started, that the contestants have to give AI a portion of their earnings indefinitely. That is one hell of a back end, just from the 4 or 5 stars they managed to churn out of the first few seasons. I could be wrong about that, because I've never been enough of a fan to care much. I did watch one season with my daughter when she was little cuz it was cute watching her dance across the room in her diaper. Now we watch The Voice, because she wants to be on Blake's team when she gets older. *Sigh* The things we do for our kids.

  • elsie_the_first

    I know that a long, long time ago WGN or TBS (can't remember which) used to air reruns of Anerican Idol. One boring Saturday afternoon many years ago, I'm flipping channels and come across one of the reruns and stop to watch briefly. I realized pretty quickly that is was a rerun of the first season (or at least the Kelly Clarkson/Justin Guarini season, which I'm pretty sure was the first) and that this particular episode was only a couple of episodes away from the one where they named the winner. I had never seen American Idol prior to that although I did know who won, but I still somehow managed to get caught up in those handful of episodes that I watched just to see Kelly get named the winner. Now, having said all that, I still agree with you. I still have never seen a single episode other than those and have zero interest in watching reruns. The funny thing is us that for a long time I knew who contestants and winners were even without watching because the show hot talked about all the time. But I haven't been able to name a contestant in a really long time because the show just doesn't get covered anymore.

  • NateMan

    I think it's because it costs so much less to put on the show in the first place. You don't have to pay anyone squat, expect (I assume) the judges. No writers to speak of, no big names, or names that will GET big and expect larger paychecks. They can run it on peanuts compared to a scripted show.

  • dizzylucy

    Blame the kids. Nice. Not the severe overexposure of having it on practically every night for a good chunk of the season, or all of the similar shows now competing with it, or the ridiculous notion of JLo judging someone else's singing.

  • Hey now JLo is a triple threat: she can't sing, dance or act very well.

  • This is still on??

  • NateMan

    Stop giving Seth MacFarlane new shows.
    Yeah, cuz who needs another Cosmos? ;)

    You can only hear the same bland young people singing the same bland songs for so long. Someone take American Idol out to the back forty and put it out of its misery. But keep So You Think You Can Dance, or my wife will go into open rebellion and no one wants that.

  • TQB

    I feel like Seth MacFarlane should be judged by something like Barney's Hot-Crazy scale. He makes Family Guy, then he makes Cosmos; he makes 100 Ways to Die in the West, then he gives Lamar Burton $1mil for Reading Rainbow. WHO ARE YOU, DAMNIT!

  • Mrs. Julien

    This is genius.

  • "It’s about quality now, not quantity."

    Sadly, we're still a long way from that sentence being true. Cheap, shitty TV still keeps networks alive.


  • emmalita

    I know I'm not working as hard at my relationship with American Idol. I used to have to actively avoid the show. Now I just avert me ears on the rare occaision that it pops into my life.

  • TQB

    It's true; my burning hatred for it has really cooled to mild annoyance. If even the haters don't hate you anymore, you are truly over.

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