You know, a lot of people underestimate the power I wield in this town. Well, they won't be doing that anymore! Thanks to everyone, let's keep it up! And for those who didn't jump on board the Boycott American Idol revolution yesterday, it's not too late - I'm looking at you, mom.
'American Idol' Premiere Lowest Rated in Four Years
The seventh-season premiere of Fox’s “American Idol” was its lowest-rated in four years.
“Idol” fell from last year’s series-high premiere perch, yet was once again a ratings titan that readily blew away all competitors Tuesday night, as well as all other network premieres from earlier this season.
“Idol” received a 13.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen data.
That’s down 13% from last year’s 15.8 and down 10% from 2006’s 15.3.
Among total viewers, “Idol” was seen by an average of 33.2 million, down 11% from last year.
Both the demo and the total-viewer figures are the lowest Tuesday night "Idol" premiere standings since 2004.
Contrary to last season, when the judges took critical knocks for some vicious mocking of the contestants in the opening rounds, this time Simon Cowell was on his best behavior. One rejected contestant was even given a group hug by the judges.
“The King of Mean was replaced by the Prince of Nice,” the NY Post declared.
"Why are the judges so well behaved?” asked the Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes.