ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Season 4 Premiere Ratings Drop From Last Year Despite Claudia Conway Audition

Queen Latifah’s “The Equalizer” on CBS draws 8 million viewers in Week 2


In case you’ve avoided all TV commercials for like a week (and congrats on that, by the way), Kellyanne Conway’s daughter Claudia Conway auditioned for “American Idol” on Sunday during ABC’s Season 4 premiere. With a split vote, the teenager made it through to the next round — watch her appearance here. “American Idol’s” fourth season on ABC started off with a 1.1 rating in the demo and 6.7 million viewers, good enough to lead the broadcast network to a victory among adults 18-49 but a dip from last year’s premiere, which drew a 1.5 and 8 million viewers. CBS topped Sunday’s primetime in terms of total-viewer averages, however. Find last season’s “Idol” premiere ratings here. “American Idol” aired on Fox for 15 seasons before being canceled and ultimately revived by ABC. In Week 2, Queen Latifah’s “The Equalizer” on CBS scored just under 8 million total viewers. While this week’s episode did not have the Super Bowl as lead-in, “60 Minutes” performed the duty quite well.

ABC was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 p.m. posted a 0.8 rating and 5.7 million viewers. “Idol” then aired from 8 to 10. At 10, “The Rookie” nabbed a 0.6 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.7 and first in viewers with 7 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” put up a 0.7 rating and 9.1 million viewers. The time period premiere of “The Equalizer” at 8 landed a 0.9 in the key demo. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9 had a 0.7 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “NCIS: New Orleans” got a 0.5 and 4.9 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.6 and in total viewers with 3.2 million. The network aired the Daytona 500 in primetime. The planned debut of game show “Cherries Wild” has been pushed to next week due to a lengthy rain delay during the NASCAR race, which actually concluded after midnight ET.

NBC averaged a 0.3 primetime rating and 2.4 million total viewers. Following reruns, a Grand Ole Opry special from 9 to 11 received a 0.3 rating and 2.8 million total viewers. The CW averaged a 0.1 primetime rating and 439,000 total viewers. “Batwoman” at 8 had a 0.1 rating and 507,000 total viewers. “Charmed” at 9 got a 0.1 rating and 371,000 total viewers.


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