January 19th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
"American Idol" made its premiere last night, but the long-running series can't quite boast powerhouse ratings.
Entertainment Weekly reports that last night's 11th season premiere earned a 7.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, a 24 percent drop in ratings since last year's season 10 premiere.
Although 21.9 million tuned in overall, Wednesday night's bow was "Idol's" biggest year-over-year ratings decline ever for a premiere episode.
As TVByTheNumbers.com points out, the decline isn't wholly surprising, as the reality competition's ratings in the adult demo have been slowly but steadily sliding since 2006.
Despite the slip, "Idol" still came out on top in Wednesday night ratings, perhaps even snatching eyes away from its time slot competitors as "Whitney" (NBC), "Are You There, Chelsea?" (NBC), "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" (ABC) all bowed to lower ratings.
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