January 20th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
The ratings are in for the first night of season 10 of "American Idol," and things aren't looking up.
TV By The Numbers reports that the initial night of the competition series was down 13 percent overall from last season's debut with an 18 percent drop in the coveted 18 -49 demographic.
In total, 26.1 million average viewers tuned in for the beginning of season 10 versus the 29.945 million who watched the premiere of season 9. That's more than the usual 10 to 15 percent drop in ratings the show has seen previously.
"American Idol" has seen a decrease in its ratings over the years since the all time high of the season finale in 2006.
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