Everyone bemoaning yesterday that American Idol’s ratings weren’t up to snuff in the premiere should hunker down and look at last night’s numbers, which tell a very different story. Idol’s second night on air with the show's newest batch of judges brought in 16 million total viewers, and while its premiere was down, it’s second episode was almost completely even with last year.

If you’ll notice the above numbers and you’ve been keeping tabs on Fox’s hit singing competition program, there’s a definite drop in the ratings between Wednesday’s episode and last night’s airing, but that’s 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 Fox’s 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 Grey’s Anatomy were both down (17% and 9%, respectively). On NBC, the biggest faltering was probably 1600 Penn, which dropped 25% from last week’s episode. It wasn’t a great night for TV across the board, but luckily Idol didn’t fall into that trap.

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