How American Idol Did In The Ratings

  • How American Idol Did In The Ratings

How American Idol Did In The Ratings

However, the ABC premiere is on par with the average ratings of the last Fox season, with the final season's Wednesday show averaging a 2.3 and 9.4 million viewers and the Thursday show averaging a 2.2 and 9.1 million viewers in Live+Same Day.

Two years after the singing contest ended its run on Fox amid dwindling ratings and steep production costs, it's getting the chance to prove itself again in an ABC version debuting 8 p.m. EST Sunday.

Still, the the pricey Idol, the highest-rated and most watched broadcast program last night, dramatically improved ABC's ratings fortunes on Sunday where the network has averaged a 1.0 in 18-49 from 8-10 PM (L+SD).

Meanwhile, other networks had a less than spectacular Sunday night.

The revival premiere kicked off the sixteenth season of the former juggernaut franchise, and on the one hand, it unfortunately scored the lowest ratings of any American Idol premiere to date.

The revamped "American Idol" had a strong debut on ABC, reaching more than 10 million viewers and shrugging off Fox's attempt to blunt the premiere's impact with its special on O.J. Simpson. It was off by a fraction from its Season 1 finale (0.9, 3.4 million), which benefited from a more potent lead-in, an American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars (1.4) special, on Monday. Down 11% and two tenths, NCIS: Los Angeles saw an audience of 8 million viewers and grabbed a 0.9 rating. "Madam Secretary" was also down with a 0.6 and 6.3 million viewers. Fox was second in the demo with a 1.0 but third in viewers with 3.5 million. NBC was fourth in viewers with 3.4 million.