"Idol," now in its 13th season, drew 13.3 million viewers overall, up 7% from last week's episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the most watched program of the night. More importantly, it posted a 3.9 rating among advertiser-preferred 18-to-49-year-olds, an improvement of 3% from last Wednesday.
While that's a tiny increase, it could be a positive omen for a show that last year didn't post a weekly uptick until Week 13.
Ratings for the veteran singing contest have fallen over the years and the show is trying to regain viewers with its revamped roster of judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and
CBS' Wednesday dramas returned in a big way after a week off.