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American Idol

American Idol Ratings Still Suffering Despite Winning Wednesday Night

With the Top 10 season 12 hopefuls taking on songs by past American Idol winners on last night’s performance show, it may have felt a bit like American Idol Rewind. What’s even more interesting is the ratings for the FOX show were a bit like looking into the past as well. As it has been all season long, the show continues to have the worst ratings in its history on most nights since 2002.

While Fox won the night, American Idol ratings slid down again by 3 percent to 3.6 in the 18-49 age group from last week's 3.8. The show was up a tiny bit in overall viewership, but the 18-49 age group is what the advertisers really care about when they are looking for where to spend their money on TV. Even so, American Idol ratings still beat out the rest of the competition on Wednesday night, including CBS' Survivor: Caramoan.

Here is how the numbers for the networks broke down in the adults 18-49 category:

FOX -- 3.6 rating; 13.08 million viewers
CBS -- 2.0 rating; 8.22 million viewers
ABC -- 1.2 rating; 3.95 million viewers
NBC -- 1.1 rating; 3.81 million viewers
CW -- .4 rating; 1.51 million viewers

The FOX reality show has not been the ratings juggernaut it once was, and even the new judges this season don't seem to be giving it much of a kick of new life. While it is still winning on Wednesday night, American Idol is currently getting trounced by CBS comedies on Thursdays, especially monster hit, Big Bang Theory. CBS is so confident in that show, they just announced that their finale will go against Idol’s finale. It’s a dog-eat-dog world in ratings, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.


03.14.2013 / 11:03 PM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, News, American Idol Season 12

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