‘American Idol’ Season 13 Premieres To Worst Ratings Ever

Have viewers abandoned American Idol? The show returned for its thirteenth season last night with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and new addition Harry Connick Jr. — and posted its worst premiere ratings ever, notching 15 million viewers and a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 23% from last year. Yikes.

Entertainment Weekly notes that the show’s ratings have been trending downward since 2006, with consistently decreasing ratings since 2010; then again, maybe it all comes down to how you spin it. Fox seemed to consider the ratings a triumph, highlighting the facts that it was their best-rated night of entertainment programming yet this season and the first time in three years that Idol outperformed its previous year’s finale in the ratings. 

Still, it’s worth noting that Connick Jr.’s addition to the show has been favorably received by critics (including our own Lisa Timmons), but ultimately that may not translate into viewers — or maybe word of mouth will pick up and everyone will jump back on board the Idol train. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

[via Entertainment Weekly]

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  • drew

    This show is practically wrapped in gauze and mummified.

  • lala

    meh, it’s time to put it out to pasture!

  • Richard

    After last year on American Idol. I am surprised the show is still on and did not get pulled from Fox. Most of America is fed up with Idol, who know that the voting is fixed. The person with the most talent has not won on Idol in years and years and it is time for Idol to go off the air.

  • sunshinepumper

    Last nights show was the worst EVER! It appears the judges choices were based on political correctness. Harry Connick is the only bright spot on the show.

  • Hal Mcray

    About 3 seasons ago a lot of people started saying that “people of color” weren’t winning, so like society, instead it just being about the best singer; the producers started messing with the process to make sure more singers of color were in the finals. CIA FACTBOOK for the United States says that we are 80% white and 13% black. So, how it statistically that out of the top 10 girls and so far, the top 6 guys are evenly split by color? That is what “rush week” was to ensure. They have more and more taken the votes out of the viewers hands and put in the judges to BETTER ensure that the odds are better a person of color will win. This is why ratings are dropping. BTW anyone know, without looking it up; who won last year? I had to look it up. Sad that we have to play these games. Why can’t it just be who is best?