UPDATED: The shields are down on Fox’s Death Star.
Night 2 of American Idol saw ratings slippage and a new level of vulnerability for the long-running reality sensation. Idol delivered 18 million viewers and a 5.7 adult demo rating, according to Fox’s time-zone-adjusted nationals. That’s down 27 percent from its Thursday premiere last year and off 23 percent from its season premiere the previous night.
Idol faces tougher competition on Thursday so you expect the show’s rating to fall from its Wednesday opener. But the erosion is nonetheless striking since it put CBS’ nearly steady Big Bang Theory (15.7 million, 5.2) within shouting distance of a show versus show upset. In fact, Big Bang tied the first half hour of Idol in the demo, though this could shift in the afternoon nationals (you don’t normally slice up a show to make a ratings comparison, but the potentially historic nature of any kind of Idol upset has all sides looking very closely at these numbers). READ FULL STORY