How Will 'American Idol' Premiere Tonight? (Poll)

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January 16th, 2013

Update: American Idol scored a preliminary 6.0 adults 18-49 rating

American Idol has its Season 12 premiere tonight, which will see the much-hyped introduction of new judges Niki Minaj and Mariah Carey (oh, and there's Keith Urban too...). Will the new judging table bring in the viewers? The success of The Voice shows there's still interest in the reality-talent format, but will American Idol still prove itself to be the gold standard tonight? Last year's Wednesday season premiere earned a 7.4 rating, which was down from the previous year's 9.8 adults 18-49 rating. Make your predictions for tonight below and tell us why in the comments!

  • Kyle

    It does NOT look good at all again for American Idol. It actually started lower with a 11.7 rating compared to a 13.5 from last year. So far, Not good.


    U name me a show in its 12th season doing 35 million and then we will talk or name me a hsow in season 12 doing these type of numbers. Its insane to think its bad. Plus people need to remember 2 years ago when Jennifer Lopez/Tyler came it was the only game in town as Voice and X Factor hadn’t premiered.

  • Kyle

    I don’t think any of us are saying a 6+ demo is bad but from what is was, it is concerning. American Idol used to easily top 20 million each week with a 8+ demo. Not it may be average 3-6 demos this season. That is over a 20% decline. Ratings are still good but with these new judges and their large contracts it is concerning that is is falling that much in such a small amount of time.

  • CookyMonzta

    JONNYSBRO: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘NCIS’ might not draw 30 million, but ‘Big Bang’ is in its 6th season, and ‘NCIS’ is in its TENTH, and they keep GAINING viewers! ‘Big Bang’ started off with 8.3 million in 2008, and now it’s on track to draw 19 million; and ‘NCIS’ started off with 11.9 million in 2004, and this year they could be on their way to drawing 22 million! ‘NCIS’ has kept moving forward even from its 5th season onward, while ‘Idol’ has been going BACKWARDS since its 30.6-million draw in its 5th season. If they really lay an egg this year, they’ll be lucky to draw HALF that number. They drew 12.7 million in its first (2002) season, and last year’s 19.2 million was its worst since its debut.

  • CookyMonzta

    Kyle: The show used to draw 12.0 in the 18-49 demo with ease! They’ll be lucky to draw HALF that number this year. They’ve been losing young viewers ever since its 5th season. The median viewing age, which used to be in the late-20s or ealy-30s (as low as 32, when last I heard), is now within walking distance of 50 (47.2 in Season 10)! It may very well be on its way to 55 now!

  • glover

    6.0 and 17.8 million viewers, LOL


    The big bang is its sixth season that’s half the amount of idol. Does csi and greys anatomy still pull their huge numbers from yesteryear? This is what I can’t stand when people don’t see that I have never seen a show on television do these type of numbers in its 12th season. NCis is a monster viewers it skews way older then idol. Again I want people to show right now a show in the past or present in season 12 or over with these numbers.

  • Winston Mize

    NCIS skews old. Point blank. Idol last night per early reports did 17.8 million and 6.1 in the demo. NCIS reached it’s series high in total viewers but with a 3.9 in the demo. Idol still wins this fight plain and simple. the demo is what matters.

  • DenverDean

    @Winston Mize. But what about TBBT? What did it get in demo last Thursday? AI will be dropping fairly quickly as season progresses (as it always does). I believe it went below a 4.0 sometime last year and was definitely under a 5.0 for the April/May episodes with only a couple of exception. And it started with a 7.4. Wouldn’t be surprised to see those spring episodes in the upper 3s.

  • Truth

    The Voice ratings keep rising every cycle, while Idol and X Factor keep dropping. The latter 2 will make out who The Biggest Loser is. One will definitely Wipe Out sooner than later.

    Looks like The Winner is The Voice and they will be The Next biggest thing on TV. Probably because the audience prefer a good Sing Off rather than staged and scripted gimmicks.

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