Idol and Lost square off

Tonight, the titans clash: The season finale of Fox's American Idol airs directly opposite the season finale of ABC's Lost.

The Simon Cowell reality show has been enjoying series-high ratings in this, its fifth season. The J.J. Abrams castaway drama has been slowly shedding viewers, and last week it emerged badly bruised from a head-to-head battle with Idol, posting the lowest ratings a new episode of the show has ever recieved.

In last Wednesday's showdown, Idol scored 27.1 million viewers and a 10.5 rating/25 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. Lost averaged 14.2 million viewers, good for a 5.9 rating/14 share. That's down 25 percent from the season average of 7.9 rating/19 share, and overall the second half of the season is down 20 percent.

In addition to ratings, TV critics are exhibiting a growing cynicism with the show. In a May 19 New York Times article, Alessandra Stanley writes, "Lost is the sudoku of network television, a brainteaser that puzzles but does not enlighten."

Some critics cite the lack of logic in any given episode. On May 18, San Francisco Chronicle television columnist Tim Goodman wrote, "I want Lost to make some sense, to have a point [or many of them] and to move forward. If I don't start getting some sense, some points, well, a whole new crop of shows are coming next year."

Fans may also be growing weary of the seemingly never-ending questions. An US Weekly poll asked "Is Lost going downhill?" to which almost 60 percent of respondents said "Yes."

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hey rsloane , you must be on crack because it was great. I suppose you liked last years finale more...what a chump...
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this season finale sucked. it was SO SUPER LAME and the fact that the zealously religious creators kept promising how great it was only made it worse!!
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How anyone with an ounce of brain could enjoy more of the reality show tripe is far beyond me. This trend has been going far too long, how much more do we have to endure? It takes nothing at all to create a reality show, its just cheap and easy programming. People who are dragged in by such rubbish need to get some friends and a life. Give me Lost and more Lost. Reality, get lost!
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OMG lost is the best season on tv right now it probaly wont win idol but thats what ill be watchin ....who agrees
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Lost is way better than American Idol. The only reason it receives better ratings is because of all the teenie boppers who turn in for some lame karaoke. As for those who feel Lost moves to slow, tune into something else. Lost's slow pace is what makes the show so interesting; it leaves you wanting more after every episode. And when the show finally reveales something about the island, it's that much more sweeter because you had been waiting for the answer for so long. Long live LOST...
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Lost is the best TV show since The X Files!

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I completely agree with FlyingHellfish. Obviously, Americans would prefer to watch an hour of pointless drivel, complete with bad singing and the talentless Paula Abdul, as opposed to watching the most complex, well-acted, most intelligent show on television. The reason that people are becoming frustrated with Lost is that they don't have the patience (or the appreciation for an excellent script and direction) to watch the show weekly, picking up on all the new clues and forming their own theories. Lost doesn't pander to the instant gratification that most Americans seek, and I personally hope it stays that way. Those of us who appreciate intelligent dramas will certainly keep watching.
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I love LOST and will be very happy when it returns next season. The only problem I have with the show are the numerous commercials. It seems the commercials are longer than the actual show. It's very annoying and many times I will turn it off because of that. I'll tape it.
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OMG why do people watch american idol? its the same thing every week at least with lost you dont know what is going to happen next week and something new will happen each week but with american idol its the same thing... people sing... which is completly dull for me.
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Everyone is just jealous of LOST because it has a very good storyline and no other shows are getting attention from viewers. Stupid Chronicles are dumb and they don't watch tv, so they can keep their bullshit to theirselves, cause no one wants to hear it. Anyone who watches A.I. is gayyyy. Oh and last nights episode was very revealing! To my LOST fans! :)
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lost is much better than idol
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Lost is by far the best series I have ever seen, and it just keeps getting better and better. I'm not American, but I do feel bad for americans if they choose to watch AI instead of Lost. And I don't see why complain about the puzzling nature of the plot when that's exactly what makes the series so great.

It seems that now everyone expects all of the shows to be some sort of CSI copycat. Those are the only shows that seem to enjoy constant decent ratings.
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I'm not surprised to see anything on Lost from Colin Mahan does not sound positive at all.
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I'm not surprised. "Lost" is one of the best shows ever on television, but that doesn't mean that it's going to appeal to everyone. Look at the dreck that ends up in the top 20 -- junk like "Two and a Half Men" and "Yes, Dear." It's the reason why Danielle Steel ends up on the bestseller lists. It's the dumbing down of America and why so many producers sacrifice quality for money-making pablum that appeals to the lowest common denominator.
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I found the last episode was very interesting
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ost has gone downhill in the second season really and i don`t know why,is probably because is all just a big tease and there are never true answers,hopefully in the third season the writers will learn from their mistakes.
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I think that beyond the fact the people are tired of questions being piled upon questions - the real problem is that Lost has been getting bumped from this place to that place, and new episodes only show up when they feel like it (much in the same way that Desperate Housewives did this year, and why I think it's really starting to slide... more on that somewhere else.)

In essence though, this point is moot in Canada. Lost and Idol are carried by the same network here, so there is no competition... mind you, that means that Idol is on tonight, and Lost is on some other day.
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You can't really compare Lost and American Idol. One is a real show and one is a reality show. It's not like comparing Lost and Alias or something. People obviously just prefer "reality" over normal shows.
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Lost is about 10000 times better then American Idol. Why do people watch American Idol? I'll never understand.
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Lost Is the best show in the world you can be entertained for 60 mins are you can swith the channel to american crap and whacth Ryan tell the viewers for 2 2nds who got kicked out.
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Lost is a millon times more intresting than Idol!
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Ha what does Green Day call It -- Oh ya "American Idiot"
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"and now yoru killing off a great show"

What show would that be?? Lost isn't being killed off, tonight is the season finale. And American Idol takes a lot more than a million dollars to make seen as how Ryan Seacrest's salary alone is more than that. But they probably make it all back from commercials and those damn Ford skits.
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Water78, American Idol is definitely not going to get trumped by Lost in the first hour. All of the people who watched American Idol instead of Lost last week are going to do the same thing again. I don't see why you think it will be any different. They are both 8-10 so I don't understand your last sentence. If your talking about when the AI season is over, well the Lost season is over tonight as well.
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OKay What is up with you america, honestly you guys vote for the wrong president, you watch a reality T.V. show that only takes about a million dollars to make instead of normal shows which cost more, are better and honestly seem to have more plot, you guys create Jack Thompson and really bad cars and now yoru killing off a great show. Good job america
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ok i guess there are a lot of good shows....but american idol is not one of them. and it gets me mad that poeple would rather watch that then quality tv
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well i guess the poeople reading US Weekly don't watch lost (making them weird), because its never been better. And if tv gave you answers at will nowadays there would be no suspense at all. It one of the only great shown on right now. Along w/ Medium L&O SVU, and Boston Legal
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The reason the ratings for Lost have gone down is that the average TV viewer is an idiot. Why people would prefer to watch an hour of filler on Idol just to see who received the least amount of votes from the crapfest the night before is beyond me.
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hah lost is about 20x better than american idol
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Lost roxxxxxxx
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To me it will be really close. I belive the first part of American Idol will get trumped by Lost. But probably the last 30 minutes of American Idol will do better then Lost. But when A.I. over Lost will dominate.
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