ABC’s debut of its revival of “American Idol” on Sunday came in below the series’ final bow on Fox in 2016, according to Nielsen overnight data.
Launching at 8 p.m. on the Disney-owned network, “American Idol” pulled in a 2.3 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 10.3 million viewers.
Though those numbers made for a solid return for “Idol” — and grabbed ABC the top show of the night — the series’ first episode on its new network is already down 23 percent from Fox’s “farewell” season premiere (which put up a 3.0 rating).
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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the key 18-49 demo and in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and third in viewers with 3.5 million.
NBC and CBS tied for third in ratings with a 0.8/3.
CBS was second with viewers with 8 million.
NBC was fourth in viewers with 3.4 million.
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Source: The Wrap