Did  you predict doom for American Idol?  If so, to quote Steven Tyler, “Dream on.”

Maybe it’s a bit too early for them to be dancing in the halls at Fox, but after last night’s ratings came in they are anyway.

American Idol has experienced year-to-year declines of about 10% for several years now, so there was never any doubt the ratings would go down and Idol is such a ratings beast even now, that it could’ve lost half its audience and still bested the competition for the night.  The only question was how much would Idol’s ratings drop.   The premiere week episodes were down 17.8 percent and 22.7 percent from the previous year respectively.   Still very solid, and still enough to easily beat the competition.

Last night’s episode was down from last Wednesday’s premiere, but the drop was less than 10% from a 9.7 rating with adults 18-49 to a 9.2.  But that 9.2 rating was up from last Thursday’s 7.8 adults 18-49 rating by nearly 18 percent, and was down only 9 percent from the equivalent episode last year.

Idol seems to be getting good word of mouth about its new judges, particularly Steven Tyler.  But whether it’s about Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson or Ryan Seacrest, I’m sure Fox doesn’t care as long as the ratings are good.   Whatever the reasons, the Idol production team has the right to be proud.  The show has withstood Paula Abdul’s departure, Ellen DeGeneres’s arrival and subsequent departure, and Kara DioGuardi’s arrival and departure.

More surprisingly to some perhaps is that at least so far, Idol seems to be withstanding even the departure of Simon Cowell.

Posted by:TV By The Numbers

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