The 10th season of "American Idol" started with 13 percent less viewers than last year´s debut yesterday. 26.1 million people watched the two-hour opening with Jennifer Lopez this year.
Last year it were 29.9 millions. "American Idol" is one of Fox´s most popular programs. This season, it runs Wednesday and Thursday night.
Fox estimates an average of 7.73 million viewers per "Idol" broadcast this year, 3.66 million of them aged between 18 and 49.