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Wednesday January 14, 2009 8:34 pm

Tuesday Ratings: Good and Bad News for American Idol

The addition of a 4th judge didn’t help American Idol‘s ratings last night. The series saw its lowest demo number for a premiere; it also had its smallest audience for an opener since 2004. But bad news is always relative. The show was still the hottest ticket so far this year. CBS’ programs, in the meantime, displayed remarkable strength despite increased competition.

American Idol Season 8 premiere8pm

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9pm

  • (3.8/9 in 18-49) brought in 18.1 million.
  • (4.5 million, 2.2/5) dropped by 2.2 million.
  • (1.1 million, 0.5/1) was off by 34%.

10pm

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Tuesday’s ratings here.)

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