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American Idol: Season 12 Ratings (Wednesdays)

American Idol TV show ratingsWhile American Idol still draws impressive ratings, they aren’t nearly as impressive as they once were. Will new judges help turn the ratings slide around? Could the show actually be in danger of being cancelled this year? That seems unlikely but you never know. Stay tuned!

Ryan Seacrest returns as host and Randy Jackson is joined by three new judges; Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj.

The 12th season of American Idol typically airs twice a week on FOX; on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Below are the TV show’s latest Wednesday ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if American Idol is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 13.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Wednesday, 05/15/13
3.0 in the demo (+3% change) with 12.11 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 3.87 in the demo with 13.27 million.

Wednesday, 05/08/13
2.9 in the demo (0% change) with 11.11 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 3.92 in the demo with 13.33 million.

Wednesday, 05/01/13
2.9 in the demo (-12% change) with 11.26 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 3.98 in the demo with 13.46 million.

Wednesday, 04/24/13
3.3 in the demo (-3% change) with 12.46 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 4.05 in the demo with 13.60 million.

Wednesday, 04/17/13
3.4 in the demo (+6% change) with 12.71 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 4.10 in the demo with 13.68 million.

Wednesday, 04/10/13
3.2 in the demo (+3% change) with 12.23 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 4.15 in the demo with 13.74 million.

Wednesday, 04/03/13
3.1 in the demo (-3% change) with 11.76 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 4.22 in the demo with 13.86 million.

Wednesday, 03/27/13
3.2 in the demo (-11% change) with 12.33 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 4.32 in the demo with 14.04 million.

Wednesday, 03/20/13
3.6 in the demo (-5% change) with 12.94 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 4.42 in the demo with 14.19 million.

Wednesday, 03/13/13
3.8 in the demo (0% change) with 13.44 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 4.50 in the demo with 14.32 million.

Wednesday, 03/06/13
3.8 in the demo (+9% change) with 12.84 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 4.58 in the demo with 14.41 million.

Tuesday, 03/05/13 (special night)
3.5 in the demo (-10% change) with 11.72 million (-14% change).
Season averages: 4.67 in the demo with 14.61 million.

Wednesday, 02/27/13
3.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 13.30 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 4.84 in the demo with 15.02 million.

Wednesday, 02/20/13
4.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 14.37 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 5.00 in the demo with 15.31 million.

Wednesday, 02/13/13
4.3 in the demo (-7% change) with 13.45 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 5.18 in the demo with 15.50 million.

Wednesday, 02/06/13
4.6 in the demo (-16% change) with 14.27 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 5.40 in the demo with 16.01 million.

Wednesday, 01/30/13
5.5 in the demo (0% change) with 15.78 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 5.67 in the demo with 16.59 million.

Wednesday, 01/23/13
5.5 in the demo (-8% change) with 16.07 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 5.75 in the demo with 17.00 million.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 17.93 million total viewers.
Season averages: 6.00 in the demo with 17.93 million.

American Idol had an impressive start to the season but, once again, was down significantly year-to-year. Season 11 debuted with a 7.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 21.93 million total viewers.


Reference point: The first weekly editions of the 2011-12 season (typically Wednesdays) averaged a 5.3 rating with 17.66 million viewers. You can see the week-by-week breakdown.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you still like the American Idol TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 13th season?

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Shirley May 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

American Idol was going downhill even before Nicki Minaj was one of the judges.

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Kristen May 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Get rid of Nikki, miss attitude, always rolling her eyes. She has such a sour face and really can’t sing her self.

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Anonymous April 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

It ends to end, before the ratings could get worse. Fox has great potential, but it can’t fully experience due to a dying reality tv show. It takes up 3 hours that could be used for new shows. This year in pilot season 4 dramas look like they have potential (human, boomerang, sleepy hollow and delirium) as well as 4 sitcoms. It’s a shame that hours are being wasted.

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Bobby Carr April 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Idol’s balloon has been deflating for quite a while, for me. It seems apparent that the actual “winners and losers” aren’t chosen by the 12yr. old girls furiously texting their choices, over and over and over, but more likely, by the producers who decide for whatever ratings needs they have for that week, to toss away whoever they need to i.e. Adam Lambert….too gay for an American darling, Krystal Bowersox…..too grungy/hippie, Clay Akiens…gay, etc. etc.
The last “true” idol was Carrie Underwood, and the last true opinion was Simon Cowell. Personally, I want to vomit every time I hear “dawg” and “in it to win it”. Enough….just enough.

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Caitlin March 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

But I do want American Idol to return for another season. If it gets cancelled, I wouldn’t know how to spend my nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

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George April 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

How about going out and spending time with friends?

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Caitlin March 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Just keep Keith and Randy and GET RID of Nicki and Mariah!!!!!!!
I really don’t like both of them, but if Mariah stayed, I wouldn’t mind. As long as Nicki gets her big @$# off of the judging panel!!!!!!
Glad I put in my two cents worth ^v^

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dido March 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I agree with Lora, get rid of the women and keep the boys. All Mariah does is sit there and play with her hair and looks bored out of her mind…darling (barf) And Niki OMG that voice, it’s like nails on a chalkboard…and she just goes on and on..me me me me me..and this not getting what she wants and walking off…let her go ! Please!
Whoever hired her should be fired…she has done nothing for that show, but make it a joke now!

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Josh March 18, 2013 at 2:25 am

This show is not number one anymore, cancel it already, It’s gotten old and stale, do not ruin the reputation it’s just gonna get worse ratings if they keep going on.

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Lora February 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Won’t even watch again until Nikki is removed from the show!!!! NO CLASS WOMAN! It is NOT the kind of drama I care to sit through. Not very thrilled with Marian either!! Keep Keith & replace the women.

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Kathy P. January 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Get rid of Nicki and the show will be much better. I don’t enjoy hearing her open her mouth. She has ruined it for me!!!

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Cheers January 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

The American Idol program is being ruined by Nicki and Mariah with their snapping back and fourth. It seems Nicki is trying to dominate the show with look at cool wonderful me.

Nicki single handedly will cause the show to be cancelled. She is terrible at judging and is a bad example to all kids who watch the show.

Who ever picked her as a judge should be fired.

Perhaps management can tell Nicki that the show is not about her and to tone down her antics. Hopefully that will tick her off to the point she will leave the show.

We cancelled our TVO recording of the show and will not watch it again this year. It is just amazing how they can destroy what used to be a great show with placing an arrogant, ugly person such as “look at me” Nicki as a judge.

Conversation at the work lunch room was unanimous, Nicki really has hurt the show.

Nick will probably leave the show which would be a good think.

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Augustman January 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Why do you have to compare AI from a year ago? Compare it to the other programs in the same time slot at present. That is more important than comparing the ratings of the same program from a year ago. American Idol is still the strongest program without compare, number one this year, last year, the year before last, and on and on and on…. And look at the second place after AI in any year , the ratings of AI are always almost double the second place.

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Jeremy Rynek January 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Just cancel it already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jerry April 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Agree Just cancel it already. The 2 female judges need to go, to much talk about nothing. Randy needs to stop the “Dawg” crap

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