American Idol Premiere Ratings Win the Night, Down from Last Year (UPDATED)

AMERICAN IDOL XV: Atlanta Auditions: AMERICAN IDOL will begin its 15th – and farewell – season with a special two-night, four-hour premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. AMERICAN IDOL XV continues on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Pictured: Contestants Jordan (L) and Alexandra (R) Sasser audition in front of the judges at AMERICAN IDOL XV. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

The American Idol premiere ratings led the night, but was down was down 0.4 from last season’s 3.3 premiere rating. If the numbers follow the past couple of years’ trajectory, it’s all downhill from here.

UPDATE: American Idol and Modern Family adjusted up 1/10th in the final ratings.  Mysteries of Laura shifted down 1/10th.

Via TVByTheNumbers

8 p.m.

American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – P 3.0/9 10.85
The Middle (ABC) 2.1/7 7.84
2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.7/6 6.29
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) 1.0/4 6.90
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.12

8:30 p.m.

The Goldbergs (ABC) 2.1/7 6.59
Mike & Molly (CBS) – P 1.6/5 6.68

9 p.m.

Modern Family (ABC) 2.8/8 8.32
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.8/5 7.84
People’s Choice Awards (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 1.3/4 5.97
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.94

9:30 p.m.

Black-ish (ABC) 2.1/6 6.35

10 p.m.

Chicago PD (NBC) 1.9/6 8.66
American Crime (ABC) – P 1.2/4 4.72

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