Nielsen Overnights from Mediaweek:
The first live American Idol results show opened the evening with a hefty 23.17 million viewers and an 8.4 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. Comparably, that clobbered CBS still potent Survivor: Micronesia (Viewers: #2, 12.55 million; A18-49: #2, 4.0/10) by whopping 10.62 million viewers and 110 percent in the demo. If you are not watching this Micronesia edition, you are missing a truly addictive edition of the veteran franchise. As for American Idol, three of the four people I personally picked were eliminated: Joanne Borgella, Amy Davis and Garrett Haley. The fourth was Colton Berry, who nasty Simon told straight out that he had no future as a singer. Nice guy, isnt he?
Season 6, final results from the same night: 24.4 million viewers and a 9.0 rating/23 share among adults 18-49.