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American Idol Has Their Least Watched Premiere Since Season 1! Uh Oh!

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This…is American Idol’s…worst premiere in 12 seasons!

That’s what Ryan Seacrest’s intro should have been last night! Because the long-running reality series pulled in their lowest audience for a premiere since the show started in 2002!

Gone are the days when AI was the most watched TV show in the country (they hold the record for 8 seasons in a row!), because their ratings are clearly slipping!

Last night’s Season 13 premiere brought in about 15 million viewers, making it the first time that they’ve ever had a first episode with less than 20 million people watching!

What’s the problem, America?! Do you not like Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, or Harry Connick Jr. as your judges?

It’s not exactly all bad news for Idol however. The show did draw around 5 million more viewers than anything else on TV last night. And their ratings are pretty much on par with The Voice’s season 5 premiere back in September.

FOX also points out that for the first time since 2011, American Idol’s premiere ratings actually went up vs. last season’s finale! So perhaps fans who had thrown in the towel on the series are suddenly singing a different tune?

We’ll have to wait and see if the talent they find this year is good enough to keep audiences watching from start to finish!

[Image via FOX.]

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6 comments to “American Idol Has Their Least Watched Premiere Since Season 1! Uh Oh!”

  1. George says – reply to this


    1

    SHUT UP. Do you ever look at LOGICAL facts? Does anyone look at the logics of television from 10 years ago to now? Yes, "Idol" ratings have gone down, but tv has evolved where there aren't a limited number of things to watch like it was when Idol first premiered. It was the only, and the FIRST, American musical show. (and any other music competition show is a bad carbon copy suited to celebrities, at least Idol is about talent.) There weren't 500 different channels, DVRs weren't popular, Netflix wasn't the hype, and you couldn't pull any show online for later with streaming and iTunes. And then there weren't the popular shows that were developed after like Modern Family, Community, and Law and Order SVU wasn't the #1 drama, and Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Big Bang Theory… they all got audiences and because of the millions of ways you can watch tv, of COURSE ratings would drop. It would be the same to ANY show back then that's still on now. Stop acting like the ratings plummeted to absolutely nothing. 15 million views today is a lot compared to the 7 or 8 million shows usually get. Think about shit before you try to pimp your website for "revelations."

  2. mandm says – reply to this


    2

    J Ho Who?

  3. mlyjn says – reply to this


    3

    While I think everyone can agree that AI is on its last legs, 15 million people is still damn impressive. Between Netflix, online streaming, downloading, etc., it's pretty rare for a show to reach the double digits (well, in millions, if that makes sense) these days.

  4. Steven says – reply to this


    4

    Too bad because its the best panel of judges they have had in years. I'm sure a lot has to do with the fact that both The Voice and The X Factor just ended their runs. There are just too many singing competitions out there now. Whereas A.I. used to be the ONLY one.

  5. msloriga says – reply to this


    5

    If Harry Connick, Jr. can't breathe life back into it, it's done. He was harsh, sweet and PERFECT, to be honest. I was pleasantly surprised by him.



  6. 6

    I haven't watched it since Simon and Paula left, they made the show.