Thirteen is not proving to be lucky for American Idol. The aging talent series debuted a new season — and new panel of judges featuring Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and the returning Jennifer Lopez — Wednesday night to the series’ worst ratings ever.
This season finds the show desperate to slow the rapid ratings slide of the past few seasons by shaking up the format, but that didn’t appear to make a difference in the premiere ratings. Idol’s 13th season premiere delivered 15 million viewers and a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49, a decrease of 23 percent from last year’s premiere, which featured dueling divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
Additionally, this marks the first year that rival singing competition The Voice scored higher in the all-important 18-49 demographic than Idol; The Voice’s fall premiere earned a 5.1 rating compared to Idol’s 4.6.