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Idol finales by the numbers

Now that Season 9 is in the books for American Idol, we can start reminiscing about what a mediocre season it was!  The opening night back in January had an increase in ratings, but people steadily began tuning out from then on, ending up with Idol's lowest ratings ever, including this week's finale.  In case you're wondering how many people have tuned in over the years to watch the American Idol finale shows, here ya go!  Plus a fun reminder of all the runner-ups. Before you look, how many can you remember?? 2010  Lee DeWyze over Crystal Bowersox      24.2 mil viewers

2009  Kris Allen over Adam Lambert              28.8 mil

2008  David Cook over David Archuleta          31.7 mil 2007  Jordin Sparks over Blake Lewis            30.7 mil 2006  Taylor Hicks over Kathrine McPhee       36.4 mil 2005  Carrie Underwood over Bo Bice           30.3 mil 2004  Fantasia Barrino over Diana DeGarmo     28.8 mil 2003  Ruben Studdard over Clay Aiken           36.2 mil 2002  Kelly Clarkson over Justin Guarini          22.8 mil
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should American Idol say goodbye to itself (and not just Simon) tonight?!

I've been a big fan of American Idol since the very beginning.  I was lucky enough to be sitting there in the Kodak Theater when Kelly Clarkson was crowned our original Idol back in 2002 (yes, I have an awesome job!).  But I think the time has come to pull the plug on the entire thing.  Really.  The phrase "all good things must come to an end" would be relevant if Idol was still indeed a "good thing."  As of this season though, I'm not sure that is the case anymore.  Was Paula leaving the show to blame?  Well, I do miss the Simon/Paula verbal sparring, and the general unpredictability of Paula's sobriety from night to night, but I don't believe that was much of a factor in this season's demise.  It had much more to do with the mediocrity of this year's singers, plus their lack of interesting backgrounds, which I didn't realize were so important until there weren't any this season.  Honestly, there were weeks that I simply didn't get around to watching this season because I just wasn't that interested.  That would have never happened in seasons past.  And now moving forward, the thought of Idol returning next year without Simon Cowell makes me even less interested in tuning in.  I believe Simon, as the spice of the show, is irreplaceable.  So I'm making the call right now.  It's time for American Idol to cash in its chips and say goodbye.  The ratings certainly indicate America's growing indifference to the show.  Last night's finale drew less than 20 million viewers, whereas finals past used to be consistently around the 30 million number.  I felt very little buzz talking with people on the Endlines and over the text leading up to the finale last night, quite different from the anticipation and excitement generated in years past.  Of course FOX won't have any of this, as Idol is still its highest rated non-sports show, but the years of Idol being far and away America's favorite show appear to have ended.  So why not end while you're still on top (barely)?
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Back on Good Day Sac, with Jingle Ball BACKSTAGE PASSES!

I was on Good Day Sacramento this morning talking about the Jingle Ball, and giving away Backstage Passes, which you can still win! Watch this video to find out how!
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