The Duel at ‘Idol’s’ Sunset: Mariah vs. Nicki
Though there are many headlines today about disappointing ratings for “American Idol’s” 12th season premiere Wednesday night, Fox knows that in this broadcast season, at a time when network executives are ready to declare that live viewership is largely irrelevant, a show that draws 18 million viewers in the 18-49 demo is still gold.
The premiere’s overnight 18-49 rating of 6.0 does represent a decline of 19% from last year’s debut. However, the ratings decline between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season openers was 24%.
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