'Idol' Return Draws 33.2 Million Viewers
Last night's (Jan. 15) return of "American Idol" drew 33.2 million viewers -- down from last year but still nothing to sneeze at.Last night's (Jan. 15) return of "American Idol" drew 33.2 million viewers -- down from last year but still nothing to sneeze at.
The mega-series was down 11% in viewership when it premiered to 37.4 million viewers, according to preliminary estimates released by Nielsen Media Research. It was the lowest premiere in viewership since season 3 on Jan. 20, 2004, though the number is still much higher than any other series on TV.
"Idol" was down 13% in adults 18-49 -- with similar declines in adults 18-34 and adults 25-54 -- with a 13.8 rating/32 share, Nielsen said. Last year's premiere averaged a 15.8/36 in the demo. It was close to the 14/33 that the fifth season premiere did on Jan. 18, 2005.
Viewership rose steadily throughout its two-hour premiere with 28.7 million viewers at 8 p.m. jumping to 35.9 million by 9:30 p.m.
For "American Idol" analysis all season long, visit the Billboard blog at JadedInsider.com.