Ratings: ‘American Idol’ season 12 premiere down from 2012; but by how much?

American Idol LogoSince we realize that for one reason or another, everyone loves to hear about the ratings for “American Idol,” we’re going to present a much earlier take on the show’s ratings than we do for most other shows on the schedule. In other words, be sure to keep checking back to this article, since we will update it as some more numbers come in later on throughout the date.

What we can tell you for now is this: despite the hype and the presence of Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj as judges, the show’s season 12 premiere on Wednesday was down 13% from last year’s launch just when it comes to the metered-market ratings. It has a household rating of 11.7 and an 18% share on the night, which are still very impressive numbers; however, it is a surefire sign that this is not the ratings machine that it once was.

Even with that being said, however, this is actually less of a drop than many predicted, and it means that some of the people who tuned out on season 11 managed to tune back in. Considering that the drop between seasons 10 and 11 was over 20% as a whole, this is a far better percentage. The real question now is just how many people are going to continue watching from here on out: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey figure to be polarizing, and in a few weeks the show will have to face new episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” which defeated it routinely last year.

Stay tuned, as much of this information could change once we have the official viewing figures in the 18-49 demographic, which are by many estimation what really matters when it comes to the show. Of course, also be sure to head on over to the link here to read our full review of the premiere.

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