American Idol Ratings Drop 5% from the Premiere

Last night’s American Idol had fewer viewers than the premiere, but the ratings are stabilizing, and that is good news for FOX execs:

The network dominated Wednesday night with the second week of American Idol averaging a 9.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 25.2 million viewers. But more importantly, the two-hour Idol (8-10 p.m.) was only down 5% in the demo compared to last Wednesday’s premiere. Last year, the third telecast of American Idol dropped 14% in the demo. Of course, the tenth season opener last Wednesday was also down 18% in the demo (9.7 rating) compared to the 2010 opener.

On the other hand, Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance came in 4th place last night for CBS, but was up 10% from the week before.

Paula Abdul’s CBS reality competition show Live to Dance continues to languish, finishing fourth at 8 p.m. with a 1.1 demo rating and 4.7 million viewers overall. However that’s actually up 10% compared to last week.

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