Ratings: Idol Premiere Takes Biggest Drop Yet

The arrival of American Idol‘s much anticipated Season 10 drew 26.2 million total viewers, soundly crushing all comers. (Read Michael Slezak’s recap here.) A mighty haul, it nonetheless represents the hit reality series’ biggest slide between seasons (down 13 percent).

Similarly, Idol‘s 9.7 rating in the 18-to-49 demo marks the show’s lowest-rated premiere since its summer 2002 birth.

That said, Fox notes that Idol‘s opener A) was up 18 percent from the Season 9 finale, and B) bested its combined four network rivals by 47 percent in the demos. Zounds.

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NBC Sked Shakeup: Parenthood Moves, Parks and Rec Returns, and More!

NBC just announced a slew of midseason scheduling changes (in addition to a sixth season pickup for 30 Rock). Here’s the most important stuff.

· New superhero series The Cape will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9 before moving into its regular Monday-9 p.m. time period the following week. Rookie drama The Event returns on Feb. 28.

· David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama, Harry’s Law, replaces ratings-challenged action thriller Chase Mondays at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 17. Chase will relocate to Wednesdays-at-9, where it will lead into Law & Order: SVU (now at 10 p.m.).

· Parenthood will shift to Mondays at 10 p.m. (replacing Harry’s Law) beginning March 7.

· Law & Order: Los Angeles will assume Parenthood’s Tuesday perch beginning Feb. 8.

· As first reported by EW, the Peacock is going with an all-comedy lineup on Thursdays beginning Jan. 20. Community will continue to kick off the night at 8 p.m., followed by the new sitcom Perfect Couples at 8:30, The Office at 9, the return of Parks and Recreation (woo-hoo!) at 9:30, just-renewed 30 Rock at 10, and Outsourced at 10:30.

· The second season of The Marriage Ref will launch on Sunday, March 6, where it will lead into a new cycle of Celebrity Apprentice.

This story originally appeared on Movieline.com.