Ever wonder why
While those Tuesday night shows are down 10 percent in viewership compared with the same period last year, averaging 26.5 million viewers, the past few weeks have predictably seen a bit of an uptick as the competition heats up. The Times points out that the aging of the "Idol" audience likely explains why the Wednesday night results shows — which are stretched out with spots from those boomer-approved singers and other filler — have been slightly outperforming (26.8 million) the Tuesday night shows, something that hasn't happened since the program's first season.
"The reason? It's likely that 'Idol's' increasingly middle-aged audience is tuning in Wednesdays to catch oldies acts like Houston, '60s idol Frankie Avalon and Smokey Robinson," the Times speculated. "It was the kids who were most attached to the competition itself, and they're beginning to lose interest."
The paper then proposed three possible outcomes for this situation: The show could revamp with new hosts and judges to allow it to become, in a sense, ageless; the producers could just call it quits after a record run at the top; or "Idol" could simply change spots and turn into a variety or nostalgia show for baby boomers.