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Are Reality TV Singing Shows Dying?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by
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Could it be? Could this be the end of reality singing shows? That could very well be due to the plummeting ratings some of America’s favorite shows have been receiving as of late. And if this trend continues, it’s rumored that one of these top shows could be let go.

FoxNews reports that unless FOX loses one of its singing competition shows, or one of its Gordon Ramsey cooking shows, they have no slots available for new reality fare.

Here’s a breakdown of the ratings via FoxNews:

The December finale of “X Factor” was down 45 percent from its previous season finale.

The finale of “The Voice” was down 20 percent year-over-year in the key 18-49 demographic.

The Sing-Off” finale was also off almost 20 percent, and barely made that week’s top 20 shows (it was #20).

American Idol’s 12th season hit an all-time ratings low, averaging just over 13 million viewers. That’s horrible when you look at the show’s peaks in Season 5 with 30.6 million average viewers and Season 6 with 29.7 million average viewers. Ouch!

Could it possibly be because there isn’t much creativity when it comes to these shows anymore? All of them seem to be the same (for the most part). But more importantly how does this affect country music? Well, when you look at the list of country music artists who’ve come from singing reality shows, it could be a big deal.

Country music singers who’ve gotten their start on singing reality shows:
Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Cassadee Pope
Kelly Clarkson
Bucky Covington
Scotty McCreary
Casey James
Lauren Alaina
Josh Gracin
Danielle Bradbury
The Swon Brothers
Gwen Sebastian
Tate Stevens
Danny Gokey
Kree Harrison

We’ll let you be the judge.

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Tyler Winters (265 Posts)

Finally something more than 140 characters to describe myself! Hang on, because here we go. I'm a full time husband and father, full time 9-5 web support guy, editor and writer for #CMchat and part time web developer. I love country music, finding new artists and spreading the word about them. I'm a guitar player and used to sing in a pop punk band. I'm also a die hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and love 90s music. I like to consider myself an entrepreneur. Ya, that pretty much sums it up.


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