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‘American Idol’ Can’t Beat ‘The Voice,’ But At Least It Did Better Than ‘Bachelor’ Arie — Ratings Watch

'The Walking Dead' is still No. 1 among adults 18-49, but its lead is fast slipping. Live+3 TV ratings charts for the week ending March 11, 2018.

AMERICAN IDOL - ABC's "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

“American Idol”

ABC

This… was the lowest-rated premiere ever for an “American Idol” season since its first season back in 2002. But the show’s Sunday night return on ABC did improve to 11.8 million viewers (from 10.5 million) after three days of DVR and VOD usage — and no one expected “Idol” to suddenly return to the glory days of the mid 2000s, when the show would open as high as 37 million viewers.

It’s a different age, and “Idol’s” premiere rating — a 2.7 among adults 18-49 in Live+3 (up from 2.3 in L+SD) — is actually a remarkable feat for ABC. It was ABC’s most-watched Sunday series telecast since March 2014.

But “Idol” isn’t cheap — Katy Perry alone is costing the network and producer FremantleMedia a cool $25 million. Executives at rival networks, many of whom kicked the tires on the franchise’s return, say there’s no way ABC will break even on the show. But nonetheless, from a ratings perspective, it opened well.

Of course, it couldn’t beat NBC’s “The Voice,” which is attracting slightly larger audiences. “Idol” did outrank ABC’s another reality competition staple, “The Bachelor,” which concluded with a 2.6 rating in the demo (last year it ended with a 3.0 rating in L+3). Sorry Arie.

Meanwhile, there’s concern on the horizon for AMC: “The Walking Dead” normally dominates the adults 18-49 chart when it’s on the air. But its lead continues to slip, and No. 2 “The Big Bang Theory” was close behind on this week’s chart.

Among this week’s premieres beyond “Idol,” “Deception” — a.k.a. “Magic Cop, The Cop Who Solves Crime With Magic” made it on to the top 25 list, while the return of NBC’s “Timeless” averaged a 1.3 rating. Also not making it into the top 25: Fox’s attempt to damage ABC’s “Idol” bow, the dusted-off O.J. Simpson interview “The Lost Confession,” which averaged a 1.4 rating.

On Xfinity’s ranker of top video on-demand shows last week, “This Is Us” continues to dominate, while “9-1-1” ticks up to No. 2.

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending March 11, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

The Walking Dead AMC

4.1

2.8

2

The Big Bang Theory CBS

3.9

2.6

3

This Is Us NBC

 3.8

2.3

4

Young Sheldon CBS

3.1

2.1

5

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

2.9

1.7

tie

The Voice (Monday) NBC

2.9

2.5

7

American Idol (Sunday) ABC

2.7

2.3

8

9-1-1 Fox

2.6

1.6

tie

The Bachelor ABC

2.6

2.2

tie

The Bachelor: After the Final Rose ABC 

2.6

2.2

11

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC 

2.5

2.1

12

Modern Family ABC

2.3

1.4

tie

Survivor CBS

2.3

1.7

14

Chicago PD NBC

2.1

1.2

tie

Chicago Fire NBC

2.1

1.2

16

NCIS CBS

2.0

1.4

tie

Chicago Med NBC

2.0

1.4

18

The Goldbergs  ABC

1.9

1.5

tie

Mom CBS

1.9

1.5

20

Will & Grace NBC

1.8

1.0

21

Scandal ABC

1.7

1.1

tie

Law & Order: SVU NBC

1.7

1.2

23

How To Get Away With Murder ABC

1.6

0.9

tie

Deception ABC

1.6

1.2

tie

Bull CBS

1.6

1.1

tie

Life in Pieces CBS

1.6

1.2

tie

Criminal Minds CBS

1.6

0.9

tie

S.W.A.T. CBS

1.6

0.9

tie

Good Girls NBC

1.6

1.3

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research

Stephen Hawking and Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

CBS

Total viewers ranker, week ending March 11, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Big Bang Theory CBS

17.46

13.88

2

NCIS CBS

16.05

12.92

3

Young Sheldon CBS 

 15.81

12.55

4

This Is Us NBC

15.53

8.89

5

The Voice (Monday) NBC 

 13.37

11.63

6

Bull CBS

13.02

10.11

7

Blue Bloods CBS

12.63

9.03

8

American Idol (Sunday) ABC

11.84

10.49

9

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

11.78

10.10

10

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

11.72

8.44

11

Mom CBS

10.90

9.10

12

Chicago PD NBC

10.36

6.62

13

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 

10.35

8.04

 14

Chicago Med NBC

10.15

7.02

15

Hawaii Five-0 CBS

10.14

7.72

16

Survivor CBS

10.13

8.25

17

Grey’s Anatomy ABC

9.93

7.07

18

Chicago Fire NBC

9.85

6.24

19

60 Minutes CBS

9.74

9.40

20

9-1-1 Fox

9.56

6.05

21

The Walking Dead AMC

9.38

6.62

22

The Bachelor ABC 

8.96

7.96

23

60 Minutes (8 p.m.) CBS 

8.87

8.45

24

Seal Team CBS 

8.83

6.09

25

The Bachelor: After The Final Rose ABC

8.73

7.79

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research
9-1-1: Peter Krause (R) in the series premiere episode of 9-1-1 airing Wednesday, Jan 3 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting.

“9-1-1”

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, March 5-11, 2018:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

9-1-1

Fox

3

The Bachelor

 ABC

4

Homeland

Showtime

5

Game of Thrones

 HBO

6

The Simpsons

Fox

7

The Voice

 NBC

8

The Chi

Showtime

9

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

10

The Walking Dead

AMC

11

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

FX

12

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

E!

13

Divorce

HBO

14

The Resident

Fox

15

Chicago PD

NBC

16

Will & Grace

NBC

17

 The Good Doctor

ABC

18

Family Guy

Fox

19

The Alienist

TNT

20

Law & Order: SVU

NBC

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