Nielsen Overnights (18-49)‘American Idol’ dips to lowest debut ratingTwo-hour debut averages a 4.6 in 18-49s, off 23 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine
- Jan. 16, 2013
There will be a lot of headlines today about how “American Idol” posted its lowest-ever premiere rating last night (there’s one right above this story) and how it dropped a lot from last year (23 percent).
And those are all true, important points.
But that was not unexpected, either.
“Idol” still dominated the night for Fox and actually showed improvement over the end of last season, when the show had seemingly become an afterthought for many viewers.
“Idol” posted a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating for its two-hour 13th season premiere last night from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights.
That was down from a 6.0 last season, and it marked the lowest-rated debut ever for the program, which bowed to a 4.8 in its first season in 2002.
Still, it was well ahead of the No. 2 broadcast show of the night, ABC’s “Modern Family” at 3.2, and was up 28 percent from last May’s lackluster season finale, which averaged a 3.6. It’s also the highest-rated show on broadcast this week.
Among total viewers, “Idol” drew 15 million, off 16 percent from last year’s 17.9 million.
Interest in the new judges may have driven some of last night’s audience, and it will be interesting to see whether this audience holds up. Last year “Idol” saw sharp declines in the weeks following its premiere.
“Idol” lifted Fox to its highest-rated night this season in the demo.
Elsewhere last night, the third-season premiere of ABC’s “Suburgatory” posted a 1.6, not a great number but holding 89 percent of “The Middle’s” 1.8 lead-in against “Idol.”
NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” fell by 25 percent in its second week, to a 1.5 at 10 p.m. It had a smaller lead-in this week, though. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” posted a 2.1 last week and a 1.5 last night.
The 10 p.m. shows may have been hurt by strong competition from cable, too. A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” aired its season premiere, its first original episode since the Phil Robertson firestorm, and it undoubtedly sparked strong numbers. Those ratings won’t be out until later today.
Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 4.6 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 1.9/5, ABC third at 1.8/5, NBC fourth at 1.4/4, Univision fifth at 1.2/3, CW sixth at 0.8/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/2.
As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 4.3 for its first hour of “Idol,” followed by ABC with a 1.7 for “Middle” (1.8) and “Suburgatory” (1.6). NBC was third with a 1.3 for “Revolution,” and CBS and Univision tied for fourth at 1.1, CBS for repeats of “Two and a Half Men” and “The Millers” and Univision for “Por Siempre Mi Amor.” CW was sixth with a 0.9 for “Arrow” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for “La Impostora.”
Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 4.8 for “Idol,” while ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.4, ABC for “Family” (3.2) and “Super Fun Night” (1.6) and CBS for “Criminal Minds.” NBC was fourth with a 1.5 for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Univision fifth with a 1.4 for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for “La Reina del Sur,” and CW seventh with a 0.6 for “The Tomorrow People.”
CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 2.0 for “CSI,” with NBC second with a 1.5 for “P.D.” ABC was third with a 1.3 for “Nashville,” Univision fourth with a 1.1 for “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for “Santa Diabla.”
Fox also finished first for the night among 18-49s with an 8.7 average overnight rating and a 14 share. CBS was second at 5.6/9, ABC third at 4.0/6, NBC fourth at 3.5/6, Univision fifth at 1.6/3, CW sixth at 1.3/2 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/american-idol-dips-lowest-debut-rating/* * * *TV NotesTonya and Nancy, now 20 years laterIt was Harding's path that changed for the worse
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine
- Jan. 16, 2013
The new documentary “The Price of Gold,” airing tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN
, revisits one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of sports.
Twenty years ago, a thug bludgeoned Nancy Kerrigan’s knee just weeks before she was to compete in the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
The husband of a fellow American competitor, Tonya Harding, was implicated in the attack.
The whole mess fed the headlines during the 1994 Games, lifting them to record ratings and demonizing Harding while canonizing Kerrigan, and leaving some deep scars for both, both physical and mental.
As the documentary notes, even two decades later Harding is still nursing her hurt and anger from the incident. She skated in Lillehammer but managed only an eighth-place finish, and she copped a plea in the attack upon returning to the U.S., admitting that she’d found out about it afterward but did not tell authorities what she knew.
That got her banned for life from skating, and her life spiraled downward. Though she has since remarried and had a son, she remains bitter about the whole affair, arguing that she lost out on millions she would have made as a pro ice skater because of the ban.
Kerrigan, for her part, declined to be interviewed for “Gold,” but she probably can’t escape the attention that will continue to follow her as the 2014 Sochi Olympics begin. The Kerrigan-Harding soap opera was the biggest story in the Olympics in years, spurring the Games to their biggest audience ever, averaging a 27.8 household rating over 16 nights on CBS.
The ESPN doc will be lucky to draw a fraction of that audience, of course, but it will serve as a nice warm-up to Sochi, which kicks off Feb. 7 on NBC.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/revisiting-tonya-nancy-20-years-later/