Fox Tried To Sabotage ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Return By Airing The O.J. Simpson Interview, But Did It Work? We Got The Ratings Inside!
Fox tried to screw ‘American Idol‘ one last time by releasing their special ‘O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?’ during the same day and time slot as the premiere of ABC’s rebooted ‘Idol’ project.
This O.J. special was only announced two weeks ago and was rushed to air, according to multiple sources. Fox was hoping this would f**k with Idol’s premiere, but it doesn’t look like it worked.
Fox’s ‘Lost Confession’ special only brought in 4.4 million viewers and a 1.2 in the all important 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, the Idol premiere pulled in 10.3 million viewers over the long two-hour special and had a respectable 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo. It’s obviously not ‘Idol’ in its prime ratings, when it was pulling close to Super Bowl numbers years ago.
However, it was a HUGE night for ABC. The 10.3 million viewers is ABC’s largest audience in the 8 p.m. hour since October 2012. That’s great news for the network, ’cause they spent lots of money securing the judges for this show.
But we have to remember it premiered on Sunday, so it wasn’t facing heavy competition. The second night of auditions will be aired on Monday night, and it’ll be going against The Voice on NBC, so it’ll be interesting to see how far that 10.3 million number comes down.
As for the O.J. special, well, we got you covered there. You can click on this link to watch the creepy a** interview with Mr. Simpson. You might want to watch it with a friend, though. Or actually…don’t do that. He likes to kill in twos.