Randy Jackson has left the judges’ table and become a mentor. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban have returned to judge and Harry Connick Jr. has joined them. Will these shake-ups help American Idol’s ratings or will they continue to fall? We’ll see.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically the following morning, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/8 update: FOX has renewed American Idol for a 14th season.
5/16 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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Reference point: The Thursday episodes from season 12 averaged a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 12.90 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. 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 like the American Idol TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 14th season?