Despite less-than-positive reviews and reactions from critics, American Idol 6 was watched by more viewers than any other episode of the series ever, with the exception of the second-season finale.
As Variety notes, that “makes it the highest-rated entertainment telecast in adults 18-49 on any net since the series finale of NBC’s ‘Friends’ in May 2004.” It’s also “43% higher in adults 18-49 than the season premiere of ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy.'”
Unsurprisingly, The Hollywood Reporter says that “it could have been the biggest premiere in the 20-year history of Fox Broadcasting.”
37.3 mil tune in for ‘Idol’ premiere, a Fox record [Hollywood Reporter]