Wednesday Ratings – American Idol Stays Fairly Steady

Not surprisingly, American Idol ratings are down 10% compared to last week’s premiere. However, the numbers are just about even with Thursday – 5.6 in the demo and  16.19 overall viewers. So, not too shabby, actually.

VIA TV By The Numbers

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 5.4, down 10% from a 6.0 among adults 18-49 for last week’s premiere. Nashville notched a 1.8, down 18 percent from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.


FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 5.4/15 16.00
ABC The Middle 2.5/17 8.54
CBS Criminal Minds – R 1.5/4 6.78
CW Arrow 1.1/3 3.13
NBC Whitney – R 0.8/2 2.64


ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.32
NBC Guys With Kids – R 0.8/2 2.20


ABC Modern Family 4.1/11 10.81
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.74
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.10
NBC Law & Order; SVU – R 0.7/2 2.73


ABC Suburgatory 2.3/6 6.28


CBS CSI 2.7/7 11.49
ABC Nashville 1.8/5 5.47
NBC Chicago Fire 0.8/2 2.53

Half hour breakdown from Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.
ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 8.53 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds (R)
Viewers: 6.62 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Whitney (R)
Viewers: 2.64 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.40 million (#1), A18-49: 4.8/14 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.13 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.32 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds (R)
Viewers: 6.94 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Guys With Kids (R)
Viewers: 2.20 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 17.01 million (#1), A18-49: 5.8/16 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.18 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 10.81 million (#3), A18-49: 4.1/11 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.82 million (#2), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 2.55 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 16.16 million (#1), A18-49: 5.6/14 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.20 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Suburgatory
Viewers: 6.28 million (#3), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.65 million (#2), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 2.90 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 16.44 million (#1), A18-49: 5.7/14 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.99 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#4)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 5.61 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

Viewers: 11.55 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire (R)
Viewers: 2.53 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 5.32 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

Viewers: 11.43 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire (R)
Viewers: 2.54 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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  • fantoo1

    Obviously not what it used to be, but still great.

  • Jordan Seltzer

    Interesting how the title of this post is different than every other website – all others say “American Idol Down” which is was. Down 10% isnt steady it is down.

  • Amy Beth

    Down from the premiere and week to week Wednesday shows, but steady compared to the most recent episode which aired on a Thursday.

  • fantoo1

    It’s always down from the premiere. The premiere and finale are usually the highest rated shows of the season.

  • Hazehel

    I think it is wrong to compare to last Thursday, it’s only valid to compare it to last Wednesday.  So it’s not even but down, however it is not a bad drop.  

    It’s too early to say what is going to happen this season, but it is still possible to keep the ratings up reasonably well (or not dropping badly) if they choose the right contestants.  I am slightly concerned that they have too many of the same type of singers so far this year (country and R&B), so I am hoping they will find a better balance by the time the voting stage comes.

  • Tinawina

    This is keeping to past patterns. No dramatic dips, which is a good sign.

  • Amy Beth

    When the W/Th shows have different content, like performance vs. results, then comparing them isn’t necessarily valid. But all 3 shows so far have been auditions. Other than the day they aired, there was nothing to distinguish them. So comparing them is perfectly OK.

  • fantoo1

    Yep those people who claim they “aren’t watching” due to Nicki really aren’t having an affect on ratings-at least not a big one.

  • IrisandLilies

    Well, one of the people watching American Idol last night was the suspect in a gruesome murder in my area.  A news article pointed out that when the police went to his home to arrest him, he and his family were watching American Idol.  I don’t know why the police thought that tidbit was important enough to release to the press. 

  • Hazehel

    When the W/Th shows have different content, like performance vs. results, then comparing them isn’t necessarily valid. But all 3 shows so far have been auditions. Other than the day they aired, there was nothing to distinguish them. So comparing them is perfectly OK.

    Er, no.  You don’t compare Wednedays to Thursdays because Thursdays always have lower ratings than Wednesday.  Thursday may be down from Wednesday often by 10% or more.

  • Amy Beth

    Thursdays are more competitive, but the total viewership is also larger. The potential for a bigger number than Wednesday is out there.

  • elliegrll

    10% is steady, when you consider the normal fluctuations that a show goes through during the course of a season.  No show has the same rating every single week. It’s also stable in comparison to how the third episodes of the every season compare to the first episodes.

  • blackberryharvest

    For comparison, I will do the comparable episodes from past seasons(premiere then 3rd episodes)

    Rounded percentages

    Season 12: 6.0 to 5.4, 10% decline(could be smaller due to adjustments)
    Season 11: 7.4 to 6.5, 12% decline
    Season 10: 9.7 to 9.2, 5% decline
    Season 9: 11.8 to 10.1, 15% decline
    Season 8: 11.7 to 9.0, 23% decline
    Season 7: 13.8 to 11.8, 15% decline
    Season 6: 15.8 to 13.3, 16% decline
    Season 5: 15.3 to 15.1, 1% decline
    Season 4: 14.0 to 12.1, 14% decline
    Season 3: Increased(kinda confusing due to being on 3 days a week so i skipped this one)
    Season 2: 12.4 to 11.6, 7% decline
    Season 1: 4.8 to 5.2, 8% increase

    Looking pretty steady, hopefully that is a good sign for the season.

  • justmefornow

    Are you by any chance talking about the exterminator who killed that doctor in Philly? They caught him really fast. And I know, how is what he was watching on TV relevant to the story?

  • Hazehel

    But there will always be overlap of viewers, and some viewers will choose to watch other shows over Idol (or vice versa), hence viewing number for the show will drop. 

    American Idol viewing numbers from the first few episode last year (first number for 8 pm half-hour segment, second for 8.30 pm segment) –
    Wed – 19.80, 22.7
    Thurs – 16.21, 19.26
    Wed – 19.510 (whole hour)
    Thurs – 15.46, 18.53
    Wed – 16.74, 19.63
    Thurs – 15.82, 18.42

    The numbers drop consistently from Wednesday to Thursday.  

  • fantoo1

    It’s down just 17% from last year-compare that to being down 19% from the premiere. The gap will hopefully keep getting smaller.

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  • ladymctech

    Many of those people who are claiming they aren’t watching this year because of Nicki are…still watching. I find her to be a hoot. And her behavior is not distracting me one bit from enjoying the talent.

  • IrisandLilies

    Yep.  When I read that piece of information in the news story, I thought it seemed out of place. 

  • blackberryharvest

    Adjusted up to 5.5 and 16.07 million. So only down 9%.

  • Danny Latham

    Have to admit Nicki is growing on me. I thought she would be annoying, but you can do so and be entertaining, and she is doing just that. This panel is a winner. Just wish more peeps would give them a chance, but also remembering it’s about the talented contestants. 

  • Listening

    Are the ratings better than The Voice, it feels like it’s better than the voice? I’m not sure does anyone know?

    Well regardless those look like amazing numbers to me any show would love to have them.

  • Taylor

    Ratings are much better than The Voice (which is typically 12 million, 4.2 adults 18-49).

    Idol is much higher with 16 million, 5.6 adults 18-49.

  • hillstreetblooz

     I ain’t got nothing else to say ’bout that, heh. Some fans doth protest too much :)

  • Jaejae1

    I  think that ratings are staying pretty stable instead of drifting downward is a good sign that people are liking the season.  I know I usually watch maybe the first week of auditions and then not so much until hollywood week.  But I have to admit the judges, and the fact that they have found some good singers has me interested in checking it out each week.  I used to always like the auditions in the early days because I wanted to see what Simon would come up with for the bad singers and what doofy things Paula would say.  Now I want to see what the three new judges are going to say, enjoy the good singers, and laugh at the funny ones.  I think so far the auditions have been enjoyable. 

    I can’t believe I said that about the audition rounds. lol.