TV Ratings: American Idol Slips to Season Lows But Tops Sunday in Demo

In the latest TV ratings, American Idol two-week “This Is Me” time-killer kicked off with 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, slipping 16 percent week-to-week in both measures to mark Season 18 lows, but still leading Sunday in the demo. (CBS’ 60 Minutes drew the night’s largest audience, 9.6 million.)

Closing ABC’s night, The Rookie (4.8 mil/0.7) was down 19 percent and one tenth from last week’s season highs.


CBS | God Friended Me (5.9 mil/0.6) and NCIS: Los Angeles (6.7 mil/0.7) were both steady in the demo, while NCIS: New Orleans (6 mil/0.6) dipped a tenth. All three dramas dropped some eyeballs.

NBC | The Jesus Christ Superstar Live encore averaged 3.2 mil and a 0.4, giving NBC (faint praise alert!) its best audience in the time slot (excepting sports and the Golden Globes) since July 7.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our daily-ish ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increases in delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms. These Live+Same Day numbers instead are used to illustrate any trends or high/low superlatives. Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.

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