The Nielsen company said Monday that the 10.34 million who watched the return of "American Idol" represented ABC's biggest Sunday night audience with regular series programming since 2012.
American Idol and Voice won't go head-to-head for very long. It was only the second time The Voice has outperformed Idol when airing opposite each other - in the first seven times the two faced each other while Idol was on Fox, only once, in May 2014, did The Voice manage to edge its older counterpart by a small margin. In addition, "Idol" was down over 20% in both measures compared to its premiere on Sunday. Still, Variety said viewership is mostly consistent with a typical episode from Season 15, which drew an average 2.3 rating and 9.4 million viewers on Wednesday episodes a 2.2 rating and 9.1 million viewers on Thursdays. The freshman medical drama topped the hour in both measures with a 1.8 and 9.8 million viewers.
Afghan forces retake district offices from Taliban; 8 killed
While the United States military says the strategy has hit the Taliban hard, they still control or contest much of the country. The insurgent group has said it is prepared to negotiate, but only with the United States and not with the Kabul government.
Elsewhere, in far less exciting races, CBS put out only new episodes of Man With a Plan (1.0 adults) and Living Biblically (0.7 adults).
Fox's Lucifer (0.7, 2.94 million) matched its demo low from last week while dipping below 3 million viewers for the first time. Fox was fourth in viewers with 3.4 million.
THE CW | Legends (1.29 mil/0.4) added a few viewers while steady in the demo; iZombie (740K/0.2) dropped a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.