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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