You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Idol’ gives back to viewers

Fox special wins night but suffers erosion

Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year.

The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen.

After starting out against mostly syndicated competition at 7:30, “Idol Gives Back” earned a 6.8 rating/18 share from 8-10 p.m. in the 18-49 demo, down from the 10.2/27 in 2007. The special landed 17.8 million viewers, down 35% from the 26.9 million from last year.

While “Idol” has suffered erosion this year on both its two weekly broadcasts, much of the huge drop-off in “Idol Gives Back” can be attributed to the fact that there was a contestant eliminated in the waning minutes of last year’s special. Not so on Wednesday, which was 2½ hours (plus a small spillover into the 10 o’clock hour) without any drama as to who would be kicked off.

Fox won the night with a 6.7/18 and 17.5 million viewers overall. CBS, behind the strength of crime procedurals “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY,” took second place with 2.8/7 and 10.4 million viewers. ABC (2.2/6, 6.1m) and NBC (1.9/5, 6.9m) followed for third and fourth place, respectively.

On the latenight front and for the first time ever, CBS’ “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” defeated NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in total viewers for a full week of original, head-to-head broadcasts. “Late Late Show” got a boost from the return of the Eye’s original scripted skeins in the 10 p.m. hour.

For the week of March 31-April 4, “Late Late Show” averaged 1.88 million viewers to 1.77 million viewers for “Conan.” In adults 18-49, “Late Night” held a small edge, 0.7/4 to 0.6/4.

More TV

  • David Ayer Chris Long

    David Ayer and Chris Long's Cedar Park Sets First-Look Deal With eOne

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • Hell's Princess

    'Hell's Princess' Limited Series Adaptation in Works From Joseph Cross (EXCLUSIVE)

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • trevor noah the daily show

    'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Gears Up for Midterm Elections - and More

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • Hell's Kitchen - Gordon Ramsay

    TV Ratings: Gordon Ramsay Carries Fox to Wednesday Win

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • Actress Ella Purnell Talks About Role

    'Sweetbitter' Actress Ella Purnell on Transition From Child to Adult Roles

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • "Augurs of Spring" -- Episode 101--

    With 'Strange Angel,' CBS All Access Advances Originals Strategy in a Weird Way

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

  • Seven Seconds

    Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood’s Cop Shows (Guest Column)

    Despite winning the night convincingly, Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” spesh suffered a huge hit Wednesday compared with its first outing last year. The philanthropic “Idol Gives Back” fell 34% in the 18-49 demo and 35% in total viewers from last year when it aired April 25, according to Nielsen. After starting out against mostly syndicated […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content