"Duck Dynasty shows no signs of slowing. The A&E series` season finale drew a record 9.6 million viewers during its one-hour episode -- and an equally impressive 5.5 million adults 18-49.
That haul in the key demo puts it ahead of all of cable and broadcast offerings for the night -- including American Idol. Duck Dynasty`s 4.3 rating with adults 18-49 rating tops the preliminary showing for Idol (3.2 rating) by 34 percent."
In its heyday "American Idol" steamrolled the competition, it was a powerhouse without the help of superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey or Nicki Minaj.
The judging panel of ditzy but loveable Paula Abdul, acerbic and unknown Simon Cowell and reliable but boring Randy Jackson was loved by viewers, and "American Idol" was must-see TV.
It was fun trying to decipher Paula`s bewildering comments, a hoot to witness Simon`s witty putdowns, and we even enjoyed Jackson`s outdated slang.
A judging panel consisting of a washed-out pop star, an eccentric British recording executive, and the most unhip black entertainer in America ruled the airwaves.
American Idol`s decline has been gradual, but it was strikingly evident with the departure of Simon Cowell and the reliance on mega stars like Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler to stanch the bleeding.
The final nail in the coffin was the hiring of Nicki Minaj as a judge, it`s like the producers said: F*** family-oriented entertainment, let`s hire the most controversial and crude pop singer.
How`s that working for you producers? It`s gotten to the point where a reality show featuring nameless rednecks is clobbering Idol.
Minaj has no credibility or respect in the hip-hop community; she`s widely viewed as a sellout. The rapper failed to deliver the ratings; the only things she`s delivered are drama and profanity.
It`s time for the Fox network to put "American Idol" out of its misery.
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