Lowest 18-49 American Idol ratings ever for first top-12 elimination show

While American Idol remains atop the heap of TV shows in terms of ratings, it seems like some people realize that this season is kinda a heap of something else, because ratings for the first results show were at a record low.

The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reports that “the episode suffered the smallest audience among 18-49 year-olds for a regularly scheduled in-season episode in ‘Idol’ history,” and then amusingly links that to Seacrest’s twitter spoiler: “Thursday morning, on that radio show he was so hellbent on promoting that he was willing to nuke the Fox reality series that made him famous, Seabiscuit did not apologize to either the network or his Twitter minions for ruining Wednesday night’s ‘Idol.’”

Compared to last year, the results show was “down only 6% with adults 18-49. It’s down only 5% with adults 18-34 and total viewers, and down 3% with teens,” according to TV By the Numbers. And The Hollywood Reporter points out that “[d]espite airing against nothing but repeats on the major broadcast networks, the results show was down 12% from last Wednesday’s performance episode — while up 4% from last Thursday’s results show.”

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