This … is American Idol's worst nightmare.
While the return of the reality juggernaut won the night considerably, the 11th season debut of the FOX powerhouse suffered from the biggest year-over-year ratings drop for a premiere episode in the show’s decade-long history.
Down 27 percent from last year, Idol delivered 21.6 million viewers and a 7.2 in the adult demo last night. Considering the changes (and the competition) that has come up in the past year, this wasn't completely unexpected. Still, considering how mediocre X Factor faired in the ratings in comparison, this is undoubtly very disappointing for FOX.
And how will The Voice match up in February, we wonder! Has Idol finally met its match?