“American Idol” averaged 26.2 million viewers in the two-hour opening of its 10th season on News Corp. ’s Fox TV, the show’s second-smallest first night audience and a threat to the network’s ratings dominance.
A month into the season that doubters predicted could end the reign of TV juggernaut “ American Idol ,” new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have done more than win over skeptics. They’ve made “American Idol” fun again.
CBS, the most-watched U.S. television network, gained viewers in the new season’s second week on the strength of the retooled “Two and a Half Men,” now featuring Ashton Kutcher, and its mainstay dramas.
“American Idol,” Fox TV’s aging ratings powerhouse, will undergo a “creative reinvigoration” next season that will determine whether the show’s almost nine- year run as the most-watched series comes to an end.