Monday saw the revived singing competition go head-to-head with the genre's current heavyweight, NBC's The Voice.
The Voice had 11.7 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, while American Idol's time slot debut had 8.4 million viewers and a 1.8 rating. American Idol, on the other hand, was down 22 percent in the key demo from its Sunday debut - averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.
"Idol" was a sensation in the 2000s for Fox, creating stars and drawing viewership numbers that television networks can only dream of these days.
For The Voice, the competition didn't seem to take much bite out of its audience. In addition, "Idol" was down over 20% in both measures compared to its premiere on Sunday. That was below the recent launch of The Voice, but just better than what it pulled on its most recent Tuesday. It was the 19th meeting between the Williams sisters, which was won by Venus, and the eighth face-off between Idol and The Voice.
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The presence of another music reality series barely affected The Voice, whose preliminary demo delivery was off by less than a tenth from the fast national last Monday, which rounded up to 2.4, and up by 2% in total viewers.
In addition to repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Young Sheldon", new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (1.0, 6.4 million) and "Living Biblically" (0.7, 4.7 million) were even on CBS. The CW averaged a 0.3 and 1 million viewers.
FOX | Lucifer (2.94 mil/0.7) dipped below 3 million viewers for the first time ever while matching last week's demo low.