‘American Idol’ Philanthropy Ratings Down
Once a year, American Idol ventures into philanthropy with its star-studded Idol Gives Back special. This, reports Business Insider, the ratings for the mega-special were down.
“Just like every other TV show, the small screen is losing viewers. As TV By the Numbers points out, the show’s ratings were down 16% from last year’s installment, registering a 5.7% rating-share for adults in the 18-49 age bracket.”
Still, the two-hour show did have between 15 and 20 million viewers. It featured President Obama talking about giving and special performances by Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige – doing a cool Stairway to Heaven – Black Eyed Peas, Queen Latifah, and Sir Elton John. The show has raised over $70 million in recent years for children’s charities in the U.S. and Africa.