American Idol

Ratings: American Idol up 4% from last week, down 28% from last season

American Idol rose 4% from last week (5.5) to a 5.7 rating and 17.9 million viewers and was the #1 show Thursday.

Here’s a lesson for all you haters: cut off ALL THE SINGING, and you get ratings gold. Nigel Lythgoe knows what he is doing and he is delivering the kind of programming the viewers want. Finally, we are getting the Idol of old. And to think some of you were getting on my case for missing the BAD auditions on the show this year. That’s what drives the Idol ratings for the auditions. You think I don’t know what I’m talking about? I’m glad the show has made corrections and not trying to copy The X Factor and The Voice anymore.

Heejun Han just saved American Idol!

The rest of the numbers:

The Big Bang Theory was steady at 5.5 adult rating and actually beat Idol at same half-hour (5.2 for Idol).

UPDATE: American Idol adjusted up to 5.8 and The Big Bang Theory up to 5.6

From FOX Research:

@AmericanIdol was the No. 1 program of the night in Adults 18-49 (5.7/16), Total Viewers (17.9 million) and Teens (3.9/15)

Vs. last Thursday, #AmericanIdol gained +4% in Adults 18-49 (5.7/16 vs. 5.5/16) and +3% in Total Viewers (17.9 mil vs. 17.4 mil) @dizzyfeet

American Idol Ratings

From TVbytheNumbers:

Fox won the night with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 and CBS won the night with total viewers.

American Idol scored a 5.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8-9, up two tenths versus last week. The Finder was down a tenth versus last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory drew a 5.5 adults 18-49 rating, matching its Thursday high and bettering Idol (5.2) in the common half hour. Rob was up a tenth to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest was steady and matched its series high with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and The Mentalist drew a 2.9 rating with adults 18-49, steady vs. last week and matching its second best outing of the season and had its largest audience of the season.

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Gabby Gaite
Gabby Gaite

i dont think Heejun Han saved american idol..

Tina Bradley
Tina Bradley

I like idol, but you're being silly Ricky.

Dawn 'Aadalen' Veek
Dawn 'Aadalen' Veek

Only because everybody thought we were going to see people sing ..only in our dreams last night was stupid

Bonnie Fulton
Bonnie Fulton

You cant say viewers didnt expect singing when you are not us ;o) I personally thought the "drama" would be mixed in with the singing and that they were just showing the highlights to suck us in

Bonnie Fulton
Bonnie Fulton

It's pnly because people tuned in to see singingand kept hoping it would come.

Kathie Hein
Kathie Hein

4% boost for that stupid publicity stunt. :P Ugh.

Bettulie van der Waffel
Bettulie van der Waffel

I'd like to hear more singing. But that Asian boy in the hoodie did make me laugh. What a character!

Rickey
Rickey

The viewers didn't expect singing at all since all the show promoted was people getting sick and falling off the stage. That's what viewers want to see and they got it. Kudos to Nigel for turning things around!

Kristin Oomen
Kristin Oomen

LOL to each his/her own. I'm ready for the Top 24! Bring it!

Rickey
Rickey

A lot of people enjoyed the joy. Nigel Lythgoe was proudly retweeting them this morning. He knows what he is doing.

Jenn Collins
Jenn Collins

I think that's just because people THOUGHT there'd be singing............

Kristin Oomen
Kristin Oomen

so crazy! and I thought last night was a waste of an hour lol

Chicago48
Chicago48

Rickey -- give it up. You're damn if you do, damn if you don't. Most of these folk have not been with Idol the full 10 seasons, they're new people and just joined the Blogs. I enjoy Idol. We still talk about it at work and people are still psyched about it.

Idol cookie
Idol cookie

@Chicago48 Stupid comment. I've been watching since season 2. How in hell do u know how long People have been watching ?

FrankyN
FrankyN

@aquayers@Mikhail XO I caved and read them last night, lol. And from the list of the top 24 I see, we got some really awesome people in there. A few surprises, some obvious ones of course but a nice list. It could be really amazing once the live shows start if these people bring it. We shall see.

aquayers
aquayers

@FrankyN@Mikhail XO I really hope so. Do you think TPTB hide the talents this season to surprise us?? I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible.

aquayers
aquayers

@FrankyN@Mikhail XO ahh you're so lucky. Usually I found favorite since audition or at least from Hollywood week. If not,then that means an awful season for me like S9 and S10 (after Pia got booted).

FrankyN
FrankyN

@aquayers@Mikhail XO I usually feel exactly the same until the live shows begin. Then I get all excited, find a few favorites, start voting, and become all obsessed. It's like that for me with all reality shows.

aquayers
aquayers

@FrankyN@Mikhail XO somehow I dread this season. Auditions episode have been awful. Hollywood week 2 episode in and I'm not enjoying any of it (well,yesterday was pretty okay). I hope I'm wrong.