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‘American Idol’ Season 12 Makes Lowest Rated Debut

According to The LA Times, 17 million people watched last night’s American Idol season 12 premiere. Technically, that’s not a bad number but it puts this season’s debut in last place among its predecessors. These figures don’t include the show’s 2001 premiere because those numbers weren’t counted.

Losing viewership in the coveted 18-49 demo goes against producers intentions of adding Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and country star Keith Urban as judges. Idol also saw a 19 percent drop from January of last year, when Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were in the judging seats. Two thousand twelve’s season opener brought in 21 million viewers, a number that was still lower than past Idol premieres.

As a whole, Fox still trumped competition from other networks, except CBS. The LA Times reports that ABC’s Modern Family, aired a new episode which fell 10 percent, while on CBS, encore presentations of NCSI and Criminal Minds were down but still took in 21 million viewers, and everything on NBC dropped in ratings.

The second installment of American Idol’s premiere airs tonight at 8/7c on Fox.