‘American Idol’ Drops in Ratings – Biggest Decline Ever

American Idol may have positive chemistry between celebrity judges, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steve Tyler, but the 11th season premiere last night on Fox represents the biggest ratings dip the decade-long show has faced. The hit talent search brought in about 22 million viewers, but it experienced an 18 percent drop in viewership within the wide 18 to 49 demographic.

Last year’s season premiere, and Lopez’s first season as an Idol judge, received 26 percent more viewers than this year’s numbers. Some critics believe this is because of the curiosity that surrounded new judges Tyler and Lopez. The decline may also be due to more talent search competitors like NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s The X-Factor.

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Idol isn’t the only show that has been dipping in numbers during Wednesday’s primetime lineup. The CW’s One Tree Hill and NBC’s Chelsea also experienced lower ratings than usual. On the other hand, Modern Family, starring Sofia Vergara, on ABC was perhaps the only show that maintained its usual viewership of about 12 million.

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