Now in its 13th season,
"Idol's" 2.6 rating was its worst-ever Wednesday number in the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic. And the 10 million total viewers who tuned in made it the least-watched "Idol" during the traditional September through May TV season ("Idol's" first season was during the summer of 2002).
"Idol" has seen its ratings drift down for years, of course, and this season is struggling to reinvent itself after another shake-up at the judging table. But this week's record low is almost certainly due to Olympic competition. Through Wednesday, the Sochi Olympics are averaging 22.5 million total viewers for
Fox pointed out that the Wednesday episode actually drew slightly more viewers than the Tuesday show featuring the Top 10 girls (9.7 million).
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[For The Record, 6:30 p.m. PST Feb. 20: A headline on a previous version of this post stated that "American Idol" hit an all-time ratings low. It was a low in a key demographic for the show's Wednesday broadcasts.]