Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Has Lowest Premiere Ever

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Fox’s singing competition bows down 23 percent from last year’s debut

“American Idol” debuted to its lowest-ever premiere ratings on Wednesday, though Fox still won the night handily.

Fox’s singing competition program earned a 4.6 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers. That’s a 23 percent drop from last year’s opener.

In viewers, “Idol” fell from 17.9 million to 15 million year-to-year — a 16 percent dip. The debut episode was up in both ratings and viewers from last season’s finale — the first time that’s happened since Season 10. It was the only show on Fox’s schedule last night, placing the network easily in first in both ratings and viewers.

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CBS was second in both ratings and viewers with a 1.9/5 and 8.7 million, respectively. Following reruns, “Criminal Minds” at 9 earned a 2.4/7 and 10.5 million viewers. “CSI” at 10 received a 2.0/6 and 10.3 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.8/5 and in total viewers with 6.1 million. At 8, “The Middle” earned a 1.8/6 and 7.4 million viewers. At 8:30, the premiere of “Suburgatory” received a 1.6/5 — down 43 percent from last season’s premiere to its lowest ever — and 5.3 million viewers. “Modern Family ” at 9 got a 3.2/9 and 9.1 million viewers. “Super Fun Night” at 9:30 had a 1.6/4 and 4.6 million viewers. “Nashville” at 10 got a 1.3/4 and 5.1 million viewers.

NBC was in fourth in ratings with a 1.4/4 and in total viewers with 5.3 million. “Revolution” at 8 earned a 1.3/4 and 4.9 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 received a 1.5/4 — a drop of 29 percent from last week — and 5.5 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 got a 1.5/4 — a 25 percent drop — and 5.5 million viewers.

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Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 1.2/3 and in viewers with 2.9 million.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in total viewers with 2 million. “Arrow” at 8 earned a 0.9/3 and 2.5 million viewers. “The Tomorrow People” at 9 got a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.