Despite another significant season-to-season ratings hemorrhage for "American Idol," a renewal was never in question. After the January axing of "The X Factor," Fox was not about to lose that many hours of dependable programming. As for that ratings dip, a 28 percent slide in the key adults 18-49 demographic, this 13th season has seen more and more record lows -- but its season average still sees the benefit of heavy sampling during the audition weeks.
Wednesday's show is still at an average 3.6 rating in the demo and 12.3 million viewers. The full state of "Idol's" latest fall, which has it performing below previous reality runners-up like "Dancing With the Stars" and "Survivor," will come to light after the May finale.
"Idol" wraps season 13 on May 21 with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Meanwhile, host Ryan Seacrest is nearing a deal to return.