Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'American Idol' ratings: ABC revival strong with 10.3 million viewers

'American Idol' ratings: ABC revival strong with 10.3 million viewers

It was an extra special night for "American Idol" contestant Benjamin Glaze on Sunday night.

That figure is roughly on par with the show's final and 15th season on Fox, when it launched with about 11 million viewers, then fell to about 8 million during subsequent weeks, before closing out its historic run with 13.3 million viewers on April 7, 2016.

Nineteen-year-old Benjamin Glaze got more than he bargained for when he appeared on American Idol.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sunday's "Idol" premiere - technically the show's 16th season premiere - was the lowest in the franchise history. So, the only familiar face (that you saw in the previous seasons) is Ryan Seacrest, who has been hosting the show since its conception in 2002. "News" stylist, which was enough to make Best Actress nominees at the Oscars avoid his red-carpet interviews just a week earlier.

An average of 10.3 million viewers tuned in as judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan took their place at the judges desk for the very first time.

"Idol" also faced some stiff competition in the guise of AMC's "The Walking Dead".

A really hot guy walked into the American Idol audition room during the second episode and Katy Perry was instantly infatuated with him! If nothing else, "Deception" marks a not-inconsiderable improvement compared to former time-slot occupant "Ten Days in the Valley", which in October bowed to a miserly 3.44 million viewers and a 0.5 in the demo.

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