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'American Idol' premiere ratings lower than ever

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The final season of American Idol has begun. And the ratings are the worst ever … and the best of the night. 

Fox’s iconic competition series returned for the last time Wednesday night and delivered 10.9 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18–49 during. That’s down 9 percent from last year’s all-time-low premiere. 

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Still, the two-hour program was strong enough to beat every broadcast show on the air last night in the demo, including ABC’s Modern Family

For more on the 15th season opener, which covered the Idol auditions in Atlanta and Denver, check out EW’s recap here.