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January 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The season debut of Fox’s American Idol suffered its biggest year-to-year drop ever on Wednesday, dropping 17 percent to 21.6 million viewers versus 26.1 million for last season’s debut episode. It remained, however, the highest-rated show of the night. Its closest competition was CBS’s Criminal Minds at 9:00 p.m., which drew 12.8 million. CBS’s NCIS,, which sometimes mounts an impressive challenge to Idol, aired a rerun at 8:00 p.m. that drew 9.1 million viewers.