American Idol Outdoes American President

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The folks at home were more interested in watching Simon Cowell shred people’s misguided hopes and dreams than watching the Prez and First Lady dance at the Inauguration Ball.

American Idol won over audiences with a 12.5 rating/18 share, which was actually still a 25% decrease from last year’s ratings. That’s a quarter of AI’s former viewers who finally got bored of the reality TV show competition.

But Obama still performed a healthy 9.4 rating/14 share.

People wanted to see the dress!

[Images via WENN and AP Images.]

Jan 21, 2009 11:16am PDT