‘American Idol’ Reboot Blasts Off To Solid Ratings / Over 10 Million Tune In

Published: Monday 12th Mar 2018 by Sam

Much ado was made about ABC‘s American Idol reboot starring Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. But it seems the show is proving its power straight out of the gate.

More on the the revived ratings slay after the jump…

According to overnight data, the show’s Sunday night launch was watched by 10.3 million. The all-important 18-34 rating came in at 2.3.

The feat saw Idol command the highest audience of the night – besting out the much hyped O.J Simpson interview over at the show’s former network FOX.

Delving into the numbers a lil more, it wasn’t a ball out of the park scenario, as the stats were a slightly lower than the premiere of the last FOX season in 2016. That cycle debuted to 10.96 million viewers and a 3.0 rating. Hence, the 16th incarnation of Idol was down 6% in total viewers.

Still, ABC’s version opens with numbers that are on-par with the average ratings of its last run. And the numbers could well grow when +1 data are factored in. What’s more, Idol helped ABC secure its most-watched Sunday night in over five years.

Check out clips below and let us know what you think of the new American Idol…




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  1. iluhmesomeDRAMA March 12, 2018


    • Carlitos March 12, 2018


  2. Mami March 12, 2018

    Surprisingly i actually like the judges…at first i didn’t think they would work together well but Lionel is great and panty actually surprised me ..I thought she would be the one to give any random person a past without hard critique but she was serious throughout the show.

    • China March 12, 2018

      I have to bite my tongue on this one. I hated katy before the show. BUT SHE WAS AWESOME. Clearly shady and funny and it was a great show last night. BI_TCH im shocked that is was a great show last night. That Black homeless guy has a great voice.

  3. Mami March 12, 2018

    I will say though…I saw the leaked list of who made the top 14 & I’m very disappointed because the competition will be very weak and majority are young teens..half of the people they let move on to the libe shows need more development.

    • Bravo!! March 12, 2018

      I agree with you.

    • Carlitos March 12, 2018

      There are still adjustments for DVR and other platforms. And it’s still better than what it would be of it didn’t have the break it had.

  4. Bich March 12, 2018

    Still less than what the last season premiered with

  5. Fact Checker March 13, 2018

    Such a crafty and dishonest spin on the Reboot’s ratings. The Season Premier was the LOWEST in American Idol HISTORY. Also for to be on par with the previous final season seems to complete ignore the obvious fact the show was CANCELLED due to the declining ratings of the final season then factor in that Perry was paid more that any past judge in history and let’s just call this for what it really is a FLOP!!!

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