Last night’s season finale of season 9 drew in its lowest audience since the show’s first season finale in 2002. 24.2 million people tuned in last night, and 22.8 million watched the first season. This was down from 28.8 million last year and 31.6 million in 2008.
The show just seems to be losing steam. The contestants were definitely not as good as they’ve been in previous years, which likely affected people’s interest in the show.
Simon is smart to leave now! He couldn’t have picked a better time to start his own show. We think we’re done with Idol for good too. We gave it a shot after Paula Abdul left, but with both her and Simon gone, the show will never be the same.