American Idol 12 Ratings Down From Last Year (UPDATED 2)

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UPDATE: From TV Line:

This… is American Idol‘s first ratings report for Season 12, which opened to 17.81 million total viewers and a 6.0 rating, per fast overnights.

That marks a year-to-year decline of 19 percent, which is slightly better than the Season 11 premiere’s 24 percent drop-off and more on par with the Season 10 opener’s 17 percent differential.

That’s more than halves the number of viewers that tuned in for the Season 6 premiere–the apex of American Idol ratings. But I suppose it could be worse.

Marc Berman reports that the American Idol 12 premiere was down 13 percent Year to year.  I’ll be updating this post with more information, so stay tuned.

The two-hour season-premiere of American Idol with new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban led Fox to Wednesday overnight victory, as expected, with an 11.7 rating/18 share from 8-10 p.m. But compared to the year-ago season-opener (13.5/21 on Wednesday 1/18/12), this was a decrease of 13 percent. And that 13.5 rating one year earlier was actually down by 18 percent from the 16.4/24 in the overnights for the 2011 season-premiere (on 1/19/11). So, the slow erosion is expected to continue this season despite the new panel of judges.

Keep in mind that the year-ago American Idol season-opener averaged 21.93 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/19 share among adults 18-49 (according to the fast affiliate results from Nielsen).

Ratings Chart from TVByTheNumbers:


FOX American Idol -P 6.0 16 17.81
ABC The Middle 2.3 7 8.201
CBS NCIS -R 1.1 3 8.375
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.127
NBC Whitney -R 0.8 2 2.663


ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5 6.166
NBC Guys With Kids -R 0.8 2 2.355

9:00 PM

ABC Modern Family 4.3 11 11.019
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8 7 12.532
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.071
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.6 2 2.73


ABC Suburgatory 2.4 6 6.351


CBS CSI 2.3 6 11.100
ABC Nashville 2.2 6 6.541
NBC Chicago Fire -R 1.0 3 3.447

Half Hour Breakdown from Marc Berman:

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 8.20 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#2)

Viewers: 7.92 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

NBC – Whitney (R)
Viewers: 2.66 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol (season premiere)
Viewers: 16.36 million (#1), A18-49: 5.2/15 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.16 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.17 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

Viewers: 8.83 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Guyz With Kids (R)
Viewers: 2.35 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol (season premiere)
Viewers: 18.81 million (#1), A18-49: 6.2/17 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.09 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 11.02 million (#3), A18-49: 4.3/11 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.34 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 2.58 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol (season premiere)
Viewers: 17.81 million (#1), A18-49: 6.0/15 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.16 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Suburgatory
Viewers: 6.35 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.73 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 2.88 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol (season premiere)
Viewers: 18.26 million (#1), A18-49: 6.5/16 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.99 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 6.61 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#2)

Viewers: 11.37 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire (R)
Viewers: 3.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 6.48 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

Viewers: 10.83 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire (R)
Viewers: 3.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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  • Natter

    It’s terrible. They’re forgetting what this show is about and instead focusing on silly Diva nonsense. I’m not a fan of any of the judges. I do think Mariah has the credibility to be a judge but I’m still not a fan. As for Nicki, She’s been in the public eye not even 5 years..I don’t get how she was made a judge. Keith Urban is probably a very nice talented guy but unfortunately he’s a snooze fest for this show. All in all, I think they need to rethink what the show is really about and stop focusing on “cool celebrity judges”

  • bridgette12

    The ratings will pick back up when the auditions are over, there’s people like me who really dislike these auditions and will wait till Hollywood week or the top 13 to start watching. 

  • Lynn DiResto

    You are so right!!! The first half hour was all about the two divas. Give it up. It should be about the hopefuls not nonsense.

  • jpfan2

    How many singing shows can people watch? The Voice and XF are burning folks out on Idol. I’m not sure they can do anything about that either. Although Fox cancelling XF isn’t a bad idea. ;0

  • fantoo1

    At least the drop looks like it won’t be as big as last years.

  • Amy Beth

    As far as the numbers have come down, most TV executives and show runners (I’m thinking of you Simon Cowell) would sell their grandmothers for AI type of ratings. But obviously, the trend is worrisome. 

    I guess Fox is lucky that NCIS was in reruns. Mark Harmon is a killer!

  • hillstreetblooz

     He also says this in his summary—>


    “As for the new judges, not even Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki
    Minaj can hide the fact that the format of American Idol is just plain

    Can’t let Minaj, Carey, Urban or Jackson be scapegoated into taking all the heat for the continuing erosion… Idol itself has some foundational issues that were left unaddressed for too long, and they now are trying to staunch the flow… issues with the voting, the structure of the rounds etc have been longstanding concerns, but it’s easier to want to blame the most visible faces, the judges. I still find the show entertaining, but Idol is old, and tired, in need of some freshening or rebooting. It had to happen sometime, this new panel seems to be the beginning. Will ride it out with them to see what shakes out. Or I could  choose to tune out. It’s that simple.

  • curly_yenta

    Not surprised in the least. The whole show is now one big contrived predictable mess between judges no one cares about, who are now taking up 80% of the screentime.  Contestants are a sidenote.  In addition the talent is subpar.  It’s a shell of its former self.  They refused to do a major reboot so therefore it’s fading.  It was so boring to me last night… I used to LMAO at the auditions, now I sit there with a blank stare. 

  • raya

    Sorry, I’m going to be a broken record here.  But ratings eroding on a show that’s over a decade old is normal.  Especially in a ratings climate where just about everything is eroding.  Not to mention it now has to contend with both The Voice and X Factor, bringing folks to about their point of saturation with reality singing shows.  I know it’s fun to point fingers at Idol and what they are doing wrong, but really?  I don’t think that they are necessarily doing anything wrong so much as they’ve been at the top so long and on the air for so long that people seem to expect them to stay there forever and ever.  I really don’t think there is anything they could do, short of making it a Hunger Games type event, to score the ratings of old.  It’s just not going to happen and I don’t think that it has a thing to do with the judges or the talent or the past winners or whatever facet of the show you want to blame it on.  It’s age, an overall ratings decline across network television, and too much competition.

  • raya

    How would anybody be able to tell the talent is subpar from one audition episode?  Also how would they know that before they watched the show?

  • curly_yenta

    Let me rephrase that…. it’s subpar based on what I saw last night.  And it’s subpar in entertainment value.  Left me bored and uninspired…. and it wasn’t funny either.

  • fantoo1

    I thought it was funny.

  • SullyD

    Honestly, the show dropped ONLY 13%, while other shows are falling much further. This is a win in my book.

  • thirdtime

    Idol lost me as a viewer this year, and I never thought that would happen because I loved this show.  I have watched every season up to now but this time I just seriously can’t stomach Nicki or Mariah.  Several of the other people I know have said the same thing.  I tried turning it on for about 2 minutes and couldn’t stand it.  Maybe I’ll try again later in the season or for the results shows if they have on some of my favorite prior contestants to perform again this year.

  • Jason Scott

    I loved last night. I thought it was pretty hilarious and entertaining. :)

    Meh, not gonna please everyone.

  • MellyPer1692

    As far as ratings rising when the live shows start, that’s not usually the case is it?? I always thought the audition episodes were some of the highest each season.

  • Seth McHale

    There are a lot of people who just up and quit watching Fox in general. All their shows are painfully low in ratings compared to where they once were. I still watch Bones and some of the other shows, but I will mention them to friends who used to watch the same show and they told me they stopped watching Fox during the elections and never bothered to tune back in after they were over. 

    Some still stream the shows on Hulu or whatnot later, but there are a few hardcore Obama fans that I know who won’t watch Fox shows period and they literally cite the treatment he received during the elections on Fox. While I think it is silly to stop watching a network based on their political views, I can’t change their minds. Heck, I voted for Obama and didn’t see the general Fox station doing anything over the top. 

  • Jason Scott

    As far as the 13% decrease in ratings, I attribute it to the fact that this is the 12th season. I mean, you should expect that w/ a show that’s been on the air for this long. Not a bad dip, in my book. It’s still pretty great.

  • irockhard

    Exactly just changing the judging panel is not enough. They need new producers to change just about everything else period.

  • Amy Beth

    I agree that the show has been on for a while and ratings can’t always be at their peak. Not to mention it still beats the competition.

    However, the show was down 13% from last year which wasn’t a stellar year to begin with. And that year, was down 18% from the previous year. If you measured the decline from the “golden age” of Idol, the slippage would be even starker.

  • raya

    But the show is even older than it was last season so it makes sense that the ratings would continue on a decline, even if a gradual one.  To keep comparing the show to its ratings in its heyday, as if the show exists in a vacuum, is a mistake IMO.  To me that’s kind of like judging sitcom ratings from a decade ago versus sitcom ratings now without taking into account that we are in a different television landscape than we were then.

  • Hazehel

    The drop doesn’t look bad to me (it’s an old show, really, what can you expect after 11 seasons?), but we’ll wait to see what the 18-49 demo looks like first.  Last year the drop for 18-49 demo was bad (~24%), if they can stop such precipitous decline it would be considered a success.  I thought the drop might have been less than 10% considering the buzz, but it isn’t terrible.   Even with the decline, its ratings for AI still look much better than X-Factor.  If the ratings for X-Factor keep dropping next season, they should just cancel it.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I think there is just no enthusiasm for the show anymore compared to past years. Myriad of factors. In a nutshell…blame these anemic finale ratings on last season. 

  • Joseph

    Umm, this is an average drop season to season. Most shows past 6 seasons start seeing a 15% decline year to year. It’s called television, folks. You peak, and then you fall. What keeps a show on the air is how slow the fall is. 13% is a good decline. I was worried it would be 25% like last year.

  • Guilherme

    13% its not bad. And looking at the final numbers, Idol is still holds a good lead against most of the other shows and against the competition ( The Voice and X Factor that yes, should be cancelled).
    As far last night, I really enjoyed. The new judges made it the most fresh as possible (like, this is one more audition process.. this is the part of the show that most sufeer from the fatigue, such that last year the season got better ratings as far the season progressed, in opposite of the early year were the audition hold the higher ratings).
    And every year seems that people forget how Idol works: The auditions,specially the first episode, will not be about show you the best talent, its about entertain the average viewer (still remember the last couple years at the auditions people complaining about the lack of talent, than the finals came). 
    Plus, this year, we gonna have alot of Hollywood/Vegas/Semifinals to highlight the real contenders, so I don´t see any problem with the fun show we had last night. Even MariahXNick field, its not suposse to be take serious. Nick in particular is very fun to watch, since as opossite of most of judges from Idol last year and X Factor/The Voice, shes not predictable/boring.

  • Amy Beth

    Oh, I have no illusions that the show’s ratings will ever match the peak ratings for all the reasons mentioned. But I’m sure that TPTB are paying big $$ for a judging panel with the idea of staunching the ratings erosion, maybe even getting a slight uptick based on a curiosity factor.

  • mmb

    Doesn’t really matter who the judges are or how great the contestants are or whether they hire new producers, or tweak the format.  Idol is an old show and its ratings will continue to fall.  With every year that it has been on there is more and more competition — from other signing shows, to more cable channels, to the internet.  That is the case for every show on TV.  I don’t know why Idol fans and detractors expect it to be any different.  That being said it won the night…any network executive would LOVE to have a show that was still number 1 in its prime time timeslot 12 years into its run.

  • SullyD

    Yesterday I predicted something between 16 and 18 million, so it matches my prediction (and I consider this a good result).
    The judges definitely helped with damage control. If it were Jlo and Steven, I am absolutely sure that it would be bellow 16M.

  • Joseph

    Ok! So, let’s start comparing the shows, like we always do. The Voice Season 3 premiere was a 4.2 rating with 12.28 million viewers. American Idol has a 6.0 rating and 17.81 million viewers. BAM. 

  • Franky

    IN B4…

    “IDOL is dead”
    “IDOL is dying slow”
    “IDOL is down so much”
    “IDOL is over”

    And I’ll just reply with… show me the numbers for another reality-competition show with these ratings in season 12. Furthermore, let me know what type of ratings The X-FACTOR and THE VOICE have in season 12. 

    Oh right, neither will ever make it there.

  • girlygirltoo

    The ratings are never going to recover to where they were back before S9. The new judges obviously didn’t spark much interest. But if there is a contestant (or contestants) who get some buzz online and in the media, the ratings might go up a bit once the live shows start. A lot of people (like me) hate the audition episodes — I didn’t watch last night, except to see the opening (just to see who TPTB put into and left out of that sequence).

    But even with the dropoff, the ratings are still better than what The Voice or XF did.

  • Lori Adams

    Just bring on the auditions…good or bad!  At least show the auditions of all who make it through to Hollywood…even 45 seconds a piece.  The sob story, personal snapshot stuff is too contrived.  The producers should strive to make it “look” live from the first show.  I have never missed an Idol episode but now I tend to multi-task when the show is on.

  • raya

    While I’m sure TPTB would be happier with no ratings drop, I have to think they expected some erosion and I also think in terms of the bigger picture, they probably don’t care that much as long as they can retain their claim as the #1 reality show of its ilk.  I think it matters far more to them that they continually beat their main competitors, i.e. The Voice and X-Factor.  Not that beating X-Factor would be all that difficult.  As long as they can hold on to beating their competition, it’s all gravy.

  • SullyD

    It’s not only good “compared to TV and XF”, at the end of they day they are just tv shows. But most importantly: it’s a good ranting compared to tv in general. The only show that can beat idol is BBT, but for now idol will easily be the #1 show again (if the producers don’t blew it).

  • justmefornow

    I agree, if a potential contestant can generate some media buzz it may help. 
    But just curious, why when the ratings went up for season 10 from season 9 it was attributed at first to the new judges but yet now again we have more new judges, even an extra one, and the ratings are still down again. Why?

    They better pick an exciting group of contestants for the live rounds, or this could get a lot worse.

  • Stooch

    I wouldn’t worry about it too much, I’m a loyal viewer and can’t stand these audition shows, I lasted 1/2 half hour last night before changing the channel.  I think there are many others just like me, who start to pay attention once Hollywood week starts.  I think from that point till we get to the live shows and know who the contestants are, that will reveal the true ratings.  :)

  • SullyD

    The premire ratings were down from S9 to S10. It went up because of the judges hype.

  • Brian

    I usually don’t watch the auditions but am more interested this year because of the new judges.  I like Nicki.  However, I’m not sure if I will watch this over Person of Interest in hour #2 tonight.

  • blackberryharvest

     Those are actually great ratings. No, it’s not the death star anymore,
    but still a hit show. No, the new judges didn’t help the ratings rise,
    but it looks like they helped it from seeing a much bigger drop. When
    you consider that The Voice is considered a hit show and it still didn’t
    even get a 5, this looks great. Of course it’s not going to be as big
    as it once was, it’s a show in it’s 12th season with the reality
    competition market becoming more and more saturated. I’m satisfied :)

  • sweetmm

    I have a feeling last night there were quite a big number of viewers that turned in to watch the chemistry between the new panel of judges.  Tonight is the “cat-fight” episode so I do think the ratings will still be good.  

    It is now a test of endurance for AI to maintain this rating as I don’t think it will get much higher.  It will be a straight fight between AI & TBBT and I predict TBBT will win the night if they managed to maintain their last weeks’ viewers.

  • Hazehel

    Looks like some people left to watch Modern Family at 9.  

    The ratings drop for 18-49 isn’t good, a small consolation that it’s better than Season 11, but it’ll look a touch better if the ratings get adjusted up (which happens often).   

    Idol need to concentrate on finding contestants that viewers want to care about for the semi-finals/final.  Let’s see if it can do what it does in Season 10 where the ratings get better when compared to what happened in Season 9.  The show is ultimately about the contestants, not the judges. 

  • justmefornow

    The judges in the off season this year had WAAAY more hype with the feuding nonsense in the media than Steven and J-Lo had going into their first season.

    The ratings went up as season 10 progressed, and that wasn’t because of the judges, they became less relevant once the live shows started. It was the contestants they casted that year.

    They need to make sure they cast an exciting group like that again to keep the ratings from eroding any further.

  • Jake W.

    People are probably tuning out for 3 reasons.  Same winner every year,People who don’t like awesome bitch fights, and we are on the 12th season which means people are finally getting bored of it. If we get terrible talent like last night, I expect it to go down further.

  • Brian

    TBBT is a repeat tonight, so that may help tonight, but may also give an inflated # compared to what we will see in future.

  • Larc

    I’m guessing a lot of people who turned in last night were curious about the new judges.  Some of them will now think they’ve been there, done that.  So tonight’s show could be the one with a drastic drop.  I know I won’t be watching after last night’s borefest.

  • sweetmm

    AI should win the night for sure; will have to wait other weeks for the direct comparison.

  • blackberryharvest

    I guess those people who “turned off the TV after 30 minutes of Nicki” didn’t have an effect on the ratings :) And I’m sure it will be adjusted up, so that will make the drop even smaller. 

  • getaway1

    How many other shows can have bragging rights of being in its 12th season? I can’t see either The Voice or The X-Factor lasting remotely that long.

  • tierbee

    I’ve watched since S2 and I don’t like the auditions much – will tune in if I have nothing else to do. I know the drill. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I’ll get more interested Hollywood week and beyond. Then it’s up to the talent to get me hooked.

  • fantoo1

    So the decline looks more like the Season 9 to Season 10 drop instead of the Season 10 to 11 drop:

    That marks a year-to-year decline of 19 percent, which is slightly better than the Season 11 premiere’s 24 percent drop-off and more on par with the Season 10 opener’s 17 percent differential.

    If they cast a good cast, we can possibly see another Season 10 situation-ratings down over the previous season premiere, but up once the live shows start.

  • bridgette12

    That’s me also, the auditions are tedious and boring. I will tune in around Hollywood week and start back watching regularly.

  • blackberryharvest

    Maybe you didn’t like it, but a lot of other people did. The show has been dropping every season since 5. It has nothing to do with the quality, it is a 12 year old show. Not many shows can still get a 6 in the demo their 12th season, especially in today’s tv world.

  • elliegrll

    The show is still about the contestants.  It’s the one format that makes the show about the contestants.  Obviously we’ll get to know the judges better during the first round of auditions, because it’s the only time where they get a lot of airtime.  That won’t happen during Hollywood week or the live shows.

    Idol is a eleven year old show, but it’s still only one three regularly scheduled shows that can bring in a 6.0 in the demo.

    I don’t think that focusing on fighting can help the ratings, but the ratings were always going to take at least a ten percent dip this season, that’s only normal. 

  • emlz

    I think tomorrow’s an even bigger test. It’s the second day, Idol’s going up against The Big Bang Theory, and we’ll also see if the promoted feuding between Nicki and Mariah actually sparks any interest. But honestly, although there’s been a huge drop-off in the viewership and demo in the past several years, getting a 6.0 in the 18-49 demo is never something to scoff at.

  • ptebwwong

    TBBT is a repeat. Idol will probably win tonight. When TBBT has new shows that will be a test, just like when Hollywood week & live shows start to see if Idol can hold their ratings & viewers attention.

  • blackberryharvest

    The Big Bang Theory is a re-run tonight.

  • hoosiermama2

    I only watched the first 15 minutes then rejoined the family following the Manti Teo story (BIG news around here). I never went back to Idol after the press conference was over–just wasn’t that interested. I’ll try again with Hollywood week.

  • abbysee

    The numbers aren’t bad at all! They are only bad as compared to itself! Its like looking at a picture of a mature woman and saying ‘she isn’t as pretty as she use to be ‘. The response should be ‘the old gal is holding up pretty well ‘.

    As someone else said what will the ratings for the voice be in season 12?

  • fantoo1

    With The Voice premiering at a 4.2 last season, I would be shocked if they even came close to idol’s premiere number.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I think the important part to notice here is that the viewers went up in the second half of each hour, not down.  Which means people didn’t leave, but continued to tune in.  Now, I am sure most of that was from curiosity of the new judges, but certainly shows interest of some kind.

  • windmills

    HermeticallySealed: I think the important part to notice here is that the viewers went up in the second half of each hour, not down. Which means people didn’t leave, but continued to tune in. Now, I am sure most of that was from curiosity of the new judges, but certainly shows interest of some kind.

    In the case of the 9 PM hour, I think the uptick was people returning from Modern Family. You’re right it’s good there was an increase in the 2nd half hour each time and it’s also good that the highest demo was in the last half hour.

    The way The Big Bang Theory is trending I think it’s set up for the next new episode of BBT to win the demo for the week over AI. 

    Retention is going to be important. I haven’t gotten a handle on what people thought of the episode outside the bubble so I don’t know what to expect. I felt like 2 hours of auditions was too long but I did enjoy the show. I also thought the producers/editors introduced a theme of AI truly being America’s show through the contestants’ stories, and really hit it home when they showcased a wonderful, generous family at the end, and also when they showcased Gurpreet. So the idea is that this isn’t about giving struggling musicians another chance (a la The Voice), this is about reflecting America and finding the best talent out of everyday America. I feel like that’s a good tactic but then again, I’m already a loyal viewer.

  • Emmuzka

    The pace of the show was soooo sloooow and lacked the “wow, what’s next?” effect. I watched the show from my computer screen, and the show just couldn’t  keep my attention, I continued to surf the net the same time. No wonder people stray from the channel during the show. 

  • Li Wright

    Not bad numbers….NBC would kill for those numbers.  Although NBCnews is reporting that viewers are turned off by Nikki.

  • bridgette12

    Idol better hope that these numbers go up in the coming weeks. If that don’t Nikki is going to get the blame.  

  • Sher

    First hour was boring.  I switched to Criminal Minds at 9 pm.  MGG is hot and the episode featured him.  Such a sadz episode.  But not boring.

  • Aaron

    At least we know there won’t be an idol version of CeCe Frey or any joke acts. I hope not. 

  • elliegrll

    I guess Fox is lucky that NCIS was in reruns. Mark Harmon is a killer!’

    Where it matters AI was still going to beat NCIS.  They weren’t going to draw anywhere near a 6.0 rating.  The vast majority of their viewers are over 50. 

  • raya

    How would NBC News know viewers are turned off by Nicki after 1 episode?  Though I find it humorous to some extent that seemingly NBC is “reporting” on the demise of Idol, as if that is actual reporting, and not a bunch of biased crap since Idol isn’t on their network.  Somebody should point out to them that last time I checked Idol’s premiere ratings were still better than that of their shining star.

  • fantoo1

    The premiere is always the highest, so I doubt it will rise anyway.

  • SullyD

    Could you please give us a source? I don’t doubt you, but I’m having a hard time beliving that NBC News (or any news channel) would  report a thing of such “importance”.
    If that’s indeed the case, I think Fox News might have some competition for the “worst news channel ever” title.

  • Leandro

    I think it worked once (S10) because people had never seen a whole new judging panel. Now people are tired of new judges . They won’t bring ratings to any of these shows. People have this feeling all these celeb judges are the same crap.

  • elliegrll

    Idol better hope that these numbers go up in the coming weeks. If that don’t Nikki is going to get the blame.

    Nicki wasn’t on the show last year, when the premiere episode’s drop was bigger, or for season ten’s 19% drop, so blaming her would be odd, but predictable.

  • elliegrll

    With The Voice premiering at a 4.2 last season, I would be shocked if they even came close to idol’s premiere number.

    That 4.2 is glaring, since so many outlets are reporting that The Voice has taken AI’s thunder.  The Voice had a huge debut for their second season, but still couldn’t beat AI for the season in terms of total viewers and the demo rating.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t remember anyone mentioned last year, I’m talking about this year. Just a prediction.

  • elliegrll

    I didn’t say that your prediction is wrong, this is what will happen.  But, given the drops for the last two seasons, placing the blame on Nicki doesn’t make a lot of sense. 

  • Leandro

    The Voice’s premiere was 4.2 but for some reason most of the episodes had better ratings than the premiere.

    But, obviously, it’s not even close to Idol.

  • Larc

    NCIS still gets top viewer numbers with live shows.  Tuesday night’s episode was adjusted upward to 22.86M viewers.  That’s an all-time record for the show.  Demo numbers are more important for advertisers, but viewer numbers are more indicative of overall popularity.  Idol might have won the night in viewers, but it hasn’t won the week.  And I doubt it will manage to tonight.

  • Cherry

    …comm’on…aren’t you guys interested to see who’s the next guy winner? :) Mass produce them AI!

  • Aden

    I am a busy person so I get my updated AI news from blogs such as this MJ and others.  I’ll wait until Hollywood Week when judges have cooled down with their none sense acts.  This show is about the contestants not the judges.

  • elliegrll

    I think I know what CBS would answer if you asked them if they’d rather win the demo or the total viewers category.  The bottom line is all about money.

  • Taylor

    Yikes! They spent a ton of money on new judges and to bring Nigel back and the numbers are down from last year!?

    The numbers will go down from this week and once The Voice starts. AI is also lucky that Big Bang is a repeat tonight.

    These shows are going to learn that paying millions for judges is useless. It doesn’t bring in the viewers.

  • Valarie

    It only took a few minutes of last night’s show to remind me why I don’t care to watch until top 12. The audition episodes are cruel and unusual punishment for the audience.

  • Miss Chaos

    There wasnt one good contestant last night.  How can they out of thousands of kids not find someone memorable for at least one night.  There has to be better, or are we supposed to wait to find out.  I found it kinda sad that I can not remember one person on there.  The show is about the prospective Idols, not the judges, I really dont care one way or another about them.  Keith is kinda cute tho.  Even the Voice panel was interesting, but didnt take away from the contestants.  XFactor was just UG.

  • Susan Reiter

    The whole format is getting tired.  I felt absolutely no connection to any of those judges except Randy.  They sit there and judge and talk like they’ve been doing it forever and it seems weird.  They don’t seem to ‘belong’ there really.  And the contestants?  Same old, same old

  • Robert

    People can poo poo the ratings all the want but the fact is it crushed everything it was up against and is still drawing over 17 mil premiere 12 seasons in.

    Any network love to have those numbers and The X Factor will never see a 5th and The Voice will never draw those time of numbers in a 12th season if they even get to one.

  • blackberryharvest

    There is nothing that could have been done to make the ratings rise- its a 12 year old show. What the new judges DID do though was make the drop smaller than Season 11.

  • hcpoirot

    All the producers (Idol, X Factor and also the Voice) forget about one thing. That the contestants are really what the viewers rooting for and watch the show because of them.

    Hiring 3 new judges didnot help the rating. The fight between Mariah and Nicki also didnot help the rating.

    When will they ever learn?