01/20/2011 11:54 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'American Idol' Premiere Ratings Down From Last Year

The season premiere ratings of "American Idol" were down sharply from last year's.

The tenth season opener, which saw the debut of the show's new Simon Cowell-less judging team, drew 26.1 million viewers--a 13% drop from the ninth season premiere in 2010, which drew 29.7 million viewers. Even worse, the ratings in the coveted 18-49 demographic were down 18%. The ratings in the demo are the lowest ever for an "Idol" premiere.

Even so, "Idol" still won the overall ratings race for the night.