American Idol Ratings Up 7% Vs. Last Week

According to @FOX_Research, American Idol is up 7% vs. last week in adults 18-49 (6.1 vs. 5.7) and up 6% in viewers (20.8m vs. 19.6m)

So, to recap: Last night’s American Idol 1 hour results show scored a 6.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, and brought in 20.8 million viewers.

I’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Ratings for Idol have adjusted up as expected, two tenths from the preliminary adults 18-49 ratings to a 6.3 adults 18-49.

An average of 21.29 million viewers tuned into the hour long American Idol results show last night.

  • Valentin432

    Great news, with the usual adjustement this will be even better.

    For whatever reason, it seems that the result show will have more viewers this week than the performance show.

  • Elliegrll

    It was a good night for Fox. For the first time ever Bones had more viewers than CSI and Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Pam

    Here are the prelims from tvbythenumbers:

    8:00 FOX American Idol 6.1/20 20.81

  • Cari

    So much for the show’s ratings falling like crazy after Pia’s elimination…

  • Hazehel

    For whatever reason, it seems that the result show will have more viewers this week than the performance show.

    For what it’s worth, this is something that happened in many previous years – the result show started getting more viewers at the Top 5 or Top 4. Probably only 3 seasons where this is not true.

  • Valentin432

    For what it’s worth, this is something what happened in many previous years – the result show started getting more viewers at the Top 5 or Top 4. Probably only 3 seasons where this is not true.

    Yes, at some point in the competition, result shows become more attractive because it’s going down to the wire.

    I’m just not sure why it happened on top 5 night this year instead of top 6 or top 4.

    American Idol is killing the other shows.
    CBS will have to relocate the big bang theory, that show was in the high 4 low 5 last year and in the first semester and is now in the low 3. With all the problems surrounding 2 and half men, CBS will probably relocate TBBT at 9PM on monday or maybee Thursday.
    Bones beating CSI and Grey’s Anatomy in total viewers just shows that lead ins still have some value.

  • Hazehel

    I’m just not sure why it happened on top 5 night this year instead of top 6 or top 4.

    Hard to tell, there are many variables. For example, what other shows were scheduled against the Idol performance and result shows, how long they are (the shorter shows tend to have lower ratings, and result shows are generally shorter), were people interested in the contestant performances or were they just interested in the results, etc.

    What I said earlier wasn’t quite correct, this is what it should be –

    More viewers for result shows starting Top 3 – Season 1
    More viewers for result shows starting Top 4 – Season 2, 7, 8
    More viewers for result shows starting Top 5 – Season 4

    In Season 3 and 5, the performance nights all did better than the result shows apart from both their finales and the Top 5 result show in Season 5.

    Season 6 and 9 seem to behave similarly, there were more viewers for result shows starting Top 8 (Top 9 redux for Season 9), except for the Season 9 Top 7 result show – it had lower viewers number probably because it’s the Idol Gives Back episode (the number for Season 6 Idol Gives Back episode was also somewhat depressed but still slightly higher than the performance night.)

    I’m thinking that it might not be a good sign if people become more interested in the results than the performances too early on (6 and 9 might be considered poor seasons for Idol).

    American Idol is killing the other shows.
    CBS will have to relocate the big bang theory, that show was in the high 4 low 5 last year and in the first semester and is now in the low 3

    It’s a pity, I like The Big Bang Theory. Perhaps they should just move it to 9pm slot. Vampire Diaries too.

  • Valentin432

    Final ratings:
    21.29 Millions
    6.3/20 18-49 Rating/Sh

    It’s a pity, I like The Big Bang Theory. Perhaps they should just move it to 9pm slot. Vampire Diaries too.

    At this rate networks are going to stop making scripted shows and just put singing competition shows one after the other.
    I am as big a fan of AI as it gets, but that’s not something I’m excited about

  • Valentin432

    I’m thinking that it might not be a good sign if people become more interested in the results than the performances too early on (6 and 9 might be considered poor seasons for Idol).

    It could be true but I have a hard time formulating an explanation that makes sense as to why it would happen like this.

    From my point of view, the main appeal of result shows is the elimination, if people aren’t invested in the contestants, those shows should drop even faster than the performance shows to my mind.

    Of course there are other factors that makes it hard to compare result shows accross seasons, most result shows before season 7 were 30 minutes long and this year they moved the show to Thursday which I think hurt the show ratings at least at the beginning.

  • Hazehel

    It could be true but I have a hard time formulating an explanation that makes sense as to why it would happen like this.

    Just wild speculation on my part, but perhaps in the years where the result shows pulled in more viewers early on, the viewers saw the contestants more as characters in a reality TV show, and not so much as singers and performers, so they were less interested in the contestants performing. They were more into the drama rather then the performances.

  • JudyOhio

    I never comment in the AI ratings thread because I have a hard time understanding all the ins and outs of ratings. Just wanted to ask if there has been any difference in having more idol alums performing on results night (since there ARE so many idol alums now)? Or, does having a more current (or popular) guest artist on make a difference in ratings on results night (for instance, having Kate Perry, Lady A., JLo, etc. versus Tony Bennet, Barry Manilow, etc.)?

  • Hazehel

    I never comment in the AI ratings thread because I have a hard time understanding all the ins and outs of ratings. Just wanted to ask if there has been any difference in having more idol alums performing on results night (since there ARE so many idol alums now)?

    That is something that’s hard to show one way or another. Are people watching to hear the Idol alum or another guest artist, does the Idol alum appearing has enough fans to cause a detectable difference? I doubt it, and there are probably more variations due to external factors like what show got scheduled that week, daylight saving, or special events.

    As for the other question, probably a lot more analysis needed to be done to answer that, so I can’t say anything about that.