‘Idol’ Stays Strong in Wednesday Debut

Jan 15, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The season premiere of “American Idol” continued Wednesday night and held on strong from its Tuesday performance. The Fox stalwart was off just 8% from last season’s Wednesday premiere.
Last night’s two-hour “Idol” scored an 11.6 rating/29 share among adults 18-49, on par with its Tuesday performance, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. The show drew 29.9 million viewers, down just a few thousand from the previous night’s 30.1 million. (Click here for more info regarding “Idol’s” performance from time-zone adjusted data.)
Compared with the Wednesday premiere last season, last night’s debut was down 8%, off a full ratings point (vs. 12.6 last year), but down just 2% in total viewers (vs. 30.5 million last year). This year’s Tuesday debut took a bigger dip compared with last year’s premiere.
This season’s on-par performance for the two-night debut contrasts with last year’s, when the show’s rating and total viewers dropped 9% from night to night.
(Updated: Added link in second graf. 1 p.m.)


  1. thats awesome. second episode is always more important since then you will know how many will stick around the whole season. looks like most people will!

  2. Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and also I will be back to read more in the future.

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