'American Idol' Season 13 Debut Hits Another Premiere Low (Updated)

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January 16th, 2014


On FOX the 13th season premiere of American Idol earned a 4.6 4.7 adults 18-49 rating, with 15 million viewers overall  which is the lowest premiere rating since the show's first summer season.Last year's season premiere earned a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating.  The premiere was up 31% from last season's finale which earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. This is the first time American Idol has come back higher than its most recent finale since Season 10 (2011)

This is the first time American Idol has premiered lower than NBC’s fall cycle of The Voice, which debuted to a 5.1 adult demo rating last year.


  • Two

    Nobody cares about this show.

  • Sergio

    AI is pretty much going down against the voice this year

  • Ron

    haha not even JLO could save this show.I guess Nicki and Mariah wasn’t the problem after all.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Good, good. Let the hate embrace you!

  • CrimTV

    Not as good as before, no, but still good regarding the current Broadcast TV situation and still good for Fox comparing it to their current schedule.

  • Farris Flagg

    Not Surprised!!!! Plus Everybody Is Turning This Into A “J-Lo” Show And That Is Wrong!!!!

  • Lucas Melo

    This is The Voice showing its claws!

  • Doc Michaels

    Connick may be the best judge the show has ever had — most who watched the show seemed quite happy with the panel chemistry and the improved tone. If they actually get a decent group of contestants together, they might make it up on the back end whereas last year’s show kept falling. Either way, it was a VAST improvement on a year ago and still solid numbers for a program in its 13th season.

  • casey

    All the reveiews that I read this moring were positive, maybe once word gets out on the new and improved AI it will rebound.
    Or maybe like me, ppl are just bored of the concept and are just not interested any more.

  • Andy

    The show was the best it has been since Simon Cowell left the show!

  • casey

    Will be curious about the ratings on Thursay night for AI.
    CBS all repeats, a failing ABC and NBC opens the door for FOX to steal the night, has the capacity to grow with little or no competition

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    So after adjustments, maybe close to the 5ish I predicted.

  • RJC

    That’s a harder fall than I expected. Still, a 4.6 nowadays is nothing to sniff at, even for a show that used to rate way, way, way higher.

  • RyanCanada

    i think this season might grow

  • BrieK

    Wow. I predicted 4.8, but I thought I was being safe.

  • Michael1

    The failure of Candice Glover to release an album, coupled with the failure of her debut single to crack the top 40 have taken away the one advantage this show has. At least Phil Philips had that same dang song being played over and over on the radio, but Candice Glover has nothing to show for being on last season.

  • John A

    Was expecting a 3.5. FOX probably arent that upset could have been worse.

  • Shepherd


  • Fred

    Though it would do worse.

  • Jerry

    I think it’s just an ageing show and oversaturation. It doesn’t matter whether the show’s quality is good or not, the ratings are still going to decline. It’s just like how Survivor once had 50 million viewers, and now around 9 million viewers. Audiences just don’t hit highs after 12 years on air.

    Of course the quality did drop over the years, with all the judges switching and of course the fact that it is way harder to find someone with (ironically) The X Factor to survive in the business. You either get one commercial artist that succeeds but will alienate many music fans from Idol (causing viewership declines) or find a great singer like Candice Glover that obviously can’t sell much, causing the show to lose credibility and lose viewers. It’s really hard to find great commercial vocalists like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, and even if someone like that turns up on Idol these days, they cannot make it because the music market is pretty much saturated with “old school idol” fans sticking to Carrie Underwoods and Kelly Clarksons and not bothering with new idols.

    But American Idol’s hype and appeal has undeniably dropped since the days of Clay vs Ruben or Bo vs Carrie. The last real season that had that level of hype was Kris vs Adam 5 years ago.

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