American Idol ratings were the worst in the show’s history for the Top 7 elimination results show on Thursday. The show fell another 4 percent from last week in the 18 to 49 age group, which seems small unless you consider that last Thursday’s results show ratings were already down 50 percent since the Season 12 premiere.
The FOX reality show received only a 2.7 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, which was a new series low point for since American Idol premiered 12 seasons ago. The only Idol shows to ever garner a lower rating were two holiday specials on New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving in 2004.
Which show did come out on top in the 18 to 49 category on Thursday night? Grey’s Anatomy took home the top spot for the evening over Idol with a 2.8 rating, dropping just a tiny two tenths of a point from last week.
Although CBS’ rival show Big Bang Theory, which has been beating out Idol regularly as well, was missing from Thursday night’s roster, college basketball and a holiday weekend ahead only made things worse for American Idol ratings.
Overall TV viewership was down by 7% from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, which no doubt dug a deeper pit under Idol’s already diving ratings.
Even with another heavy blow for their biggest show of the evening, Fox still managed to win Thursday night by a slim margin in overall viewership with 7.53 million viewers over ABC in second and CBS in third. However, ABC and CBS tied for the top spot among adults 18 to 49, which is the most coveted demographic for advertisers.