urx unit loader TV ratings: 'American Idol' premiere down significantly from last year
american idol s12 premiere ratings TV ratings: 'American Idol' premiere down significantly from last yearFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

“American Idol” returned to FOX as Wednesday’s top show, but its ratings were down a good amount in both viewers and adults 18-49.

The Season 12 premiere was down 19 percent in both measures from last year’s 21.9 million viewers and adults 18-49. On the (sort of) bright side, that’s less erosion than last year, which was down 24 percent vs. the Season 10 debut.

Elsewhere, “Criminal Minds” had its biggest total audience of the season for CBS, and “Modern Family” and rest of ABC’s comedies held up reasonably well opposite “Idol.” “Nashville” rose at 10 p.m.

FOX and “Idol” averaged 17.8 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/15 share in households for the night. CBS (10.7 million, 7.0/11) came in second, beating out ABC (7.5 million, 4.7/7). NBC (2.9 million, 2.0/3) finished fourth with a night of rerun. The CW trailed with 2.6 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

FOX dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.0 rating. ABC scored a 2.5 to finish second, beating CBS’ 2.1. The CW’s 1.0 was good enough for fourth, topping NBC’s 0.8.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” season premiere (17.6 million viewers, 10.2/16 households)
CBS: “NCIS” rerun (8.4 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: “The Middle” (8.2 million, 5.1/8)/”The Neighbors” (6.2 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: “Arrow” (3.1 million, 1.8/3)
NBC: “Whitney” rerun (2.7 million, 1.8/3)/”Guys With Kids” rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/2) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.7) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” season premiere (18 million, 10.2/15)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (12.5 million, 8.1/12)
ABC: “Modern Family” (11 million, 6.7/10)/”Suburgatory” (6.35 million, 4.0/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (2.7 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “Supernatural” (2.1 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.2) 10 p.m. CBS: “CSI” (11.1 million, 7.3/12)
ABC: “Nashville” (6.5 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: “Chicago Fire” rerun (3.45 million, 2.3/4) 18-49 leader: “CSI” (2.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable