American Idol Ratings Improve 9% in the Demo Over Last Year

American Idol continues to do well in the ratings.

via Mediaweek:

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-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox got over the hump in significant winning fashion, with another two-hour Wednesday installment of American Idol at a very healthy 23.55 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. Compared to a one-hour edition of Idol on the year-ago evening (Viewers: 22.78 million; A18-49: 7.8/22 on March 4, 2009, based on the final nationals), this was an unprecedented improvement of 770, 000 viewers and nine percent in the demo. I refer to this as unprecedented because I have no knowledge of a veteran series picking up steam in its ninth season.

(Caveat: Last year’s comparable show is a results show, so it would make sense that the ratings would be higher. Last year’s Group 3 Tuesday performance show: 24.21 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/23 share from 8-10 p.m. Still, I think Season 9 is holding it’s own in the ratings so far)

Tuesday night’s ratings:

Beginning with Fox, a two-hour edition of American Idol featuring the male performers was on the dominant map with 23.44 million viewers and an 8.6 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m.

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11 Comments

  1. Those are some really solid ratings, is this still due to Ellen being on the show?
    Last year show was Group 2 results, It’s not really fair to compare.

  2. Uh-oh. So does this mean that a show with no outstanding contestants is going to do better in the ratings than a show with a bunch of outstanding contestants?

    Hate to think what’s in store for season 10 then.

  3. Wow, this surprises me and not in a good way. I think this season has been barely watchable.

  4. I think ratings will rise even more next week because the girls were so good last night. I think this season will end up beating season 8 in ratings. Crystal is the centerpiece of the season so far, and I think she is much more likeable and a better story to root for than Adam or Danny who were the centerpieces last season.

  5. A few people at Marc Berman’s board are pointing out that the ratings might be up because it’s a live performance show being compared to a results show. Last year was a different format so there was only 1 performance show (Tuesday) and the results show was Wednesday.

  6. I think we’ll need a few more week before we can really compare. Last night was definitely better… I just hope that Crystal doesn’t start to get the pimping backlash before a number of contestants can catch up with her.

  7. Last year show was Group 2 results, It’s not really fair to compare

    Actually it was group 3, and it was also the night they announced who was making the wildcard.

  8. A few people at Marc Berman’s board are pointing out that the ratings might be up because it’s a live performance show being compared to a results show. Last year was a different format so there was only 1 performance show (Tuesday) and the results show was Wednesday.

    I was just going to say that, but I’ve already been beaten to it. This is sounding like the exact same situation earlier this season where an audition episode had millions more viewers than the corresponding episode from Season 8, and it was trumpeted as this unprecedented! ratings! success! But then if you looked closely at the dates, it was clear that the episode from Season 8 just had lower than usual viewership because it was competing with network/cable coverage of the inaugural balls. Let’s just see if this week’s results show performs better than the one from last week.

    Actually it was group 3, and it was also the night they announced who was making the wildcard.

    Doesn’t that mean we are a week behind schedule? Is there a double elimination planned at some point, or are they going to put three people in the finale to lessen the anti-vote factor?

  9. Actually it was group 3, and it was also the night they announced who was making the wildcard.

    Oh, that changes it a little. I think that particular show had a little bump in ratings. I’d have to check, though.

    Season 8 didn’t get started for me until the Top 13 began. There was a whole mess of really scary singing during the semi-final rounds last year. I’d say the Season 9 semis are more watchable.

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