Guess the Ratings: Night 2 of 'American Idol' Premiere (Poll)

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January 17th, 2013

Last night, the first night of the American Idol premiere earned a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating, which was lower than what almost half of you predicted. Night 2 has historically seen a sizeable drop from the first night's premiere rating (last year's 7.4 premiere rating dropped to a 5.7, and the 9.8 from the year before dropped the next night to a 7.8), so do you think we see a similar drop this year for night 2? Or do you think more viewers will stick around for the Mariah Carey/Niki Minaj drama? Make your predictions below and tell us what you think in the comments!


  • mariah

    No matter what it drops it will still be higher then the voice

  • Joe

    I’m guessing a 4.4 – 4.6.

  • SJ

    It will score low to mid 4s. It will lose to TBBT repeat head-to-head. :D

  • Hugh


    I think and hope it will stay above a 5 most of the season

  • No idol for me

    It will be lower because we are having a winter storm on the east coast – most people don’t have power or those who do (me) don’t have fox – every channel is working but fox – it is giving the direct tv music and apology screen

  • CookyMonzta

    Another bad debut ratings slide for ‘Idol’ next season, or the season after (if it’s still on the air), and the ‘Idol’ top brass had better get comfortable watching A.C. Nielsen & Co. spit out a barrage of 2s for this show’s 18-49 demo!

    I doubt that this season will be the last. The only way it could possibly happen is if the bickering, on camera or behind the scenes, escalates into something very ugly or a real scandal big enough to force the show’s immediate demise. Other than that, I’d still bet on 2015 to be its last season.

    I have one rule of thumb that some shows do follow: Once a show has achieved legendary status, if the show is in decline, the sooner that show’s viewership sinks to as low as that of its FIRST season, it’s time to pack it in. NEVER leave a legendary show on TV to linger in purgatory as a pathetic shell of its former glory.

    Idol’s first season averaged 12.7 million viewers. If Idol continues to lose 15% to 20% of its audience every year, it will sink back to that mark in 2015 or 2016. That will be the time to retire this show (the word “cancel” isn’t exactly appropriate here). Don’t let it stay on and become a sad mockery of itself, drawing 8, 9 or even 10 million, permanently mired in 2s and low-3s in the 18-49 demo.

  • senor chang

    Well, a 10.4 in HH, which is down only 11% from the 11.7 it got last night. Could be in the low 5s or high 4s depending on skew.
    The other interesting news: 1600 Penn down 21% week-to-week. 30 Rock/Parks did well, though. Rock Center also hit a season high last night–could be an interesting result in 18-49.

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