While American Idol ratings were up slightly again for Thursday's dramatic Top 5 results show, FOX lost the night to CBS reruns in overall ratings.
It was an exciting show on American Idol 2013 this week, as not only did Clay Aiken and Fantasia Barrino return to the stage for some impressive live performances, but the judges sparked a bit of outrage when they passed on saving country sweetheart Janelle Arthur. Despite all that, CBS managed a slim lead over FOX, even with airing repeats.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not all negative for FOX, as, despite a dip in the American Idol ratings from last Thursday, the show did win among young viewers. Among adults 18-49, which is the prime demographic when it comes to advertisers, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating for Thursday’s primetime hours, just beating out CBS with a 2.3 rating in that demographic. Overall, however, CBS won in total viewership for the night with 9.25 million viewers and a 5.9 rating. FOX came in second with 9.14 million viewers and a 5.8 rating. ABC was in a distant third with a 2.7 rating and 4.30 million viewers. And the CW came in last with a 1.2 rating and 1.87 million viewers.
As HitFix.com points out, it’s important to consider that the numbers are likely a bit off, as many stations cut to the live coverage of the incidents in Boston.
There is no denying that this former ratings juggernaut, which is in its 12th season, might need to shake things up in order to get back to its status of old. That’s likely why they’re trying new things, like having the singers co-write their coronation songs, as we reported earlier today.
What are some other things American Idol could do to reclaim its super high ratings from former seasons?