American Idol Does Better Than Expected In The Ratings

By Jessica Rawden 2 years ago discussion comments
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Everyone bemoaning yesterday that American Idolís ratings werenít up to snuff in the premiere should hunker down and look at last nightís numbers, which tell a very different story. Idolís second night on air with the show's newest batch of judges brought in 16 million total viewers, and while its premiere was down, itís second episode was almost completely even with last year.

If youíll notice the above numbers and youíve been keeping tabs on Foxís hit singing competition program, thereís a definite drop in the ratings between Wednesdayís episode and last nightís airing, but thatís not particularly unusual for Idol, which always posts drops between episode 1 and 2. According to Deadline, the episode only dropped .4 tenths in the ratings, earning a 5.6 rating, which is pretty darn close to the 5.7 the show nabbed during the same episode last year.

The point being, anyone who assumed American Idol was on its last legs after the Season 12 premiere episode probably made that assumption a little too quickly. New judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban are intriguing enough to maintain the eyeballs, and while that may not mean the show is increasing in the ratings, just yet, the show might be more intriguing this season than many may have guessed.

Additionally, with Idol back in Foxís schedule, most network shows were down in the ratings last night. CBS was in repeats, which is probably the best excuse of the big networks, but on ABC, Last Resort and Greyís Anatomy were both down (17% and 9%, respectively). On NBC, the biggest faltering was probably 1600 Penn, which dropped 25% from last weekís episode. It wasnít a great night for TV across the board, but luckily Idol didnít fall into that trap.
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