Don’t expect the producers of American Idol to change-up the auditions anytime soon. Despite what some veteran Idol watchers (like ME) found to be a lackluster premier Tuesday night, nearly everyone came back for more of the same Wednesday night. From the Hollywood Reporter:
Nearly 37 million viewers were sucked into the “American Idol” vortex again on Wednesday. “Idol” effectively shut down all competition for the night with an eye-popping 36 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and an audience of nearly 40 million viewers in the final 30 minutes of its two-hour episode.
“Idol” opened at 8 p.m. with an average of 31.3 million viewers and 12.7 rating/32 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. By 9 p.m., viewership of the off-key antics of the cattle-call “Idol” hopefuls had climbed to 39.4 million and 37 share, and it peaked from 9:30-10 p.m. at 39.7 million viewers and 17.4/38 in the demo. Overall, the second part of “Idol’s” two-night, four-hour premiere averaged 36.9 million viewers and 15.4/36 in the demo — off only slightly from the windfall Fox reaped on Tuesday (37.3 million, 15.7/36).
So far, Idol is bigger than ever.
Some of you were asking for background information on some of the contestants we’ve seen so far. The crack team of researchers at Idol Forums have put together a comprehensive list of spoilers. Check it out here.