BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- American Idol may have been the nation's favorite show for much of the past decade, but it's also one of its biggest wastes of expendable income.Since 2004, Idol has been the No. 1 show in America and still pulled in an average of nearly 30 million viewers last year after peaking at more than 37 million in 2007. Nielsen says Idol is helping Fox ( NWS) to an early lead in February sweeps, with Fox drawing an average of 23 million viewers in prime time, or more than three times the audience of No. 2 CBS ( CBS). But the franchise itself is falling on some unusually hard times.
|If the American Idol judges haven't been keeping your attention since Simon Cowell left, and the onstage talent isn't thrilling you, it might be worth it to think about what you could buy by forgoing your text-messaged votes.|