‘American Idol’ ratings take small dip, still powers Fox to Thursday win

By Daniel S Levine,

Good news for Fox: despite the major drop Wednesday’s American Idol premiere experienced, Thursday’s episode held on to most of the viewers that did tune in Wednesday. Fox easily won the night without a problem as a result.

After dropping 19 percent from 2012 yesterday, Idol only dropped 2 percent from last year’s second night. It had a total of 16.2 million viewers and a 5.6 18-49 rating, a 7 percent drop from Wednesday.

According to EW, that is the smallest drop from opening night 1 to opening night 2 since 2008. So, even if the viewers didn’t like Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey or Keith Urban, they seem to be sticking with the show at least for now.

The rest of the networks were left in the dust. HitFix notes that ABC came in second with 7.21 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Last Resort had just over 5 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating, while Grey’s Anatomy followed with 8.68 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Scandal followed with just under 8 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating.

CBS’ night of repeats had 8.98 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating on the night. It will be interesting to see how Idol does against new Big Bang Theory episodes.

NBC’s sitcoms had a decent night, although it was another rough showing for 1600 Penn. The network averaged 3.89 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating. 30 Rock kicked off with 3.5 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating, while Parks & Recreation jumped to 3.89 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. The Office had 4.15 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating, but 1600 Penn had just over 3 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Rock Center followed with 4.38 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating.

Over at The CW, The Vampire Diaries had 2.91 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating.

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