American Idol Has its Lowest Premiere Ratings Ever

The 13th season of American Idol, which premiered on Wednesday (16) in the U.S., racked up a new negative record for the program.

According to the initial numbers, the talent show has fallen 15% audience share compared with the premiere of the latest edition, falling from an average of 17.9 million to 15.2 million viewers.

Among the program's target audience - adults 18 to 49 years - the decline was 23%, from an average of 6 to 4.6 rating points.

This also became the leased watch premiere since the show aired for the first time in June 2002, when it attracted 9.9 million viewers.

The program had renewed its judging panel, with the new judge singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. and the return of Jennifer Lopez.