'American Idol' Premiere Ratings Drop Double Digits

Season 10 judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Not unexpectedly, "American Idol" dipped significantly with its Season 11 premiere.

The series pulled a 7.2 rating among adults 18-49, marking a 27 percent drop over last January's premiere. The veteran reality series still gave Fox a significant lead over all other networks, topping its closest competition (ABC) by 140 percent.

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"Idol's" drop among total viewers wasn't as steep: the two-hour broadcast drew 21.6 million, down 18 percent from the Season 10 premiere of 26.25 million. Still, the season 11 kickoff marks the show's lowest-rated season opener since "Idol's" first season premiere, which garnered 9.85 million viewers. The show's highest-rated season premiere came in 2007, when the start of season 6 drew 37.4 million viewers.

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(Additional reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard)