Ratings: American Idol Week 2 Opens Strong - Are You A Season 10 Believer?

Early signs suggest that the changes American Idol made for Season 10 were very much for the better.

America’s most watched program opened Week 2 of its new cycle with an audience of 25.2 million total viewers and a 9.2 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demo. That represents Idol‘s best audience/demo retention from Week 1 to Week 2 since Season 5, indicating that viewers are liking what they are seeing/hearing from the revamped judges’ table and the new crop of singers.

What’s more, Idol‘s Wednesday numbers were up 18 percent from last Thursday, marking the show’s best-ever improvement of a Night 3 over a Night 2.

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

* Possibly “lost” amidst a sea of ABC comedy repeats — and in turn hampered by the lack of a fresh Modern Family lead-in — a brand-new Cougar Town hit a season low 2.7 rating, and managed just 5.1 million total viewers.

* CBS’s temporarily (?) transplanted Blue Bloods dominated 10 pm with an audience of 11.95 million total viewers, and also topped the demos. ABC’s Off The Map, meanwhile, placed third in viewers (behind an SVU repeat), with 5.08 million.