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The theme for the 2013 American Idol ratings seems to be “How low can we go?” Last night's Season 12 Top 9 performance show as down a huge 8 percent in the adults 18-49 category over last week's Top 10 show. The total viewership overall was down 26 percent overall compared to last year, and 32 percent in the 18-49 age group. American Idol 2013 averaged only 12.7 million viewers last night, down from 17.2 million for the comparable show last year.


Even with the horrible American Idol 2013 ratings last night, the show still managed to come in first place for the evening. Fox also won the night overall.


Here is how the numbers broke down by network in the adults 18-49 category:


FOX: 3.5 rating/10 share; 12.668 million viewers

CBS: 2.6 rating/7 share; 10.474 million viewers

UNI: 1.7 rating/5 share; 4.031 million viewers

NBC: 1.4 rating/4 share; 4.881 million viewers

ABC: 1.2 rating/3 share; 4.019 million viewers

CW: 0.9 rating/3 share; 2.517 million viewers

CBS is almost always FOX’s biggest competition these days, especially when their Thursday night show, The Big Bang Theory, is new. The uber hit for CBS is preempted by college basketball tonight, so we’ll see how Thursday's American Idol ratings fare when going up against the NCAA Basketball Tournament.