Press release - Ratings

May 24, 2023

Penultimate Episode of ‘American Idol’ Delivers 1-Year Highs

Ratings Report for Sunday, May 14, 2023
National Live+7 Day Program Ratings/ABC Multiplatform+7 Day Ratings

Penultimate Episode of ‘American Idol’ Delivers 1-Year Highs

‘Idol’ Improves Year Over Year by Double Digits for 2nd Week in a Row

‘American Idol’ Scores Its Strongest Multiplatform Telecast in 1 Year

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“American Idol” Sunday (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 7.9 million Total Viewers and 1.2/13 in AD18-49 in L+7):

The penultimate episode of ABC’s “American Idol” delivered new season highs in both Total Viewers (7.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.2/13). In fact, the ABC unscripted series scored its strongest telecast in 1 year in both Nielsen measures – since 5/1/22. “American Idol” built for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers (+3% – 7.9 million vs. 7.7 million) and also grew week to week by 9% among Adults 18-49 (1.2/13 vs. 1.1/10).

“American Idol” improved over last year’s penultimate episode (on 5/15/22) by 13% in Total Viewers (7.9 million vs. 7.0 million) and by 20% with Adults 18-49 (1.2/13 vs. 1.0/8). In fact, “American Idol” grew by double digits year over year for the 2nd week in a row in both Nielsen measures.

ABC’s “American Idol” ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 program in both Total Viewers (7.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.2/13).

After seven days of viewing across linear and streaming platforms, the penultimate episode of  “American Idol” shot up to nearly 9 million Total Viewers (8.8 million) and hit a 1.61 rating in Adults 18-49 to post its strongest multiplatform telecast in 1 year – since 5/1/22.

ABC’s “American Idol” is the year’s No. 1 most social entertainment series in primetime on broadcast or cable with nearly 25 million total social interactions (24.7 million).

Source: The Nielsen Company, preliminary National Live+7 Day Program and ABC Multiplatform+7 Day data for 5/14/23 and Most Current Program data for 2022-2023 season (9/19/22-5/21/23); Talkwalker SCR, 1/1-5/22/23.

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Salima Merchant