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‘American Idol’ Philanthropy Ratings Down

By Tom Watson on April 22, 20102 Comments

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.

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  • Bill says:

    The following post is from the last time American Idol did the “Idol Gives Back” in 2008. I felt it needed repeating.

    Would PBS wait 7 months for your donation?

    Back in April of 2008 I donated to the “Idol Gives Back” show only to find out that it would take American Idol 7 months before the charities would receive their checks. 7 months of waiting. Why so long when so many are in need?

    I had an idea…

    I decided to call my bank and ask them just 1 question.

    “If I deposited $64,000,00.00 in a savings account…how much interest would it earn in 7 months?”

    Answer : $3,500,000.00 (That’s 3 and a half million dollars folks)

    Not bad for doing nothing but sitting on the donations.

    Here’s a story from USAToday’s website dated November 12 2008

    I’m all for giving to charities, but don’t you think if they can raise so much money in one night that someone might follow through and make sure the charities get the money? (You know, like maybe the Government or the FCC … somebody … anybody?)

    I’m just askin’.

    Maybe you should too.

    BTW … the only reason it took 7 months instead of 8,9 or 12 months to finally give the charities the money is because the day before the charities got the money Paula Goodspeed killed herself in front of Paula Abdul’s house.

    It’s called damage control.

  • lr44 battery says:

    everyone that joins American Idol have their own talents but i really love Hayley when she sang “Rolling In the Deep” by Adelle.’                 

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