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"Idol" Opens Strong Here

You might have read that the opening night of the ninth season of "American Idol" Tuesday did very well nationally, only losing 2 percent of the audience from the 2009 debut.

Locally, the ratings this season without judge Paula Abdul might even have improved this season.

Tuesday's opener had a 19.4 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. That figure should improve by at least a few points when the time-shifting viewership over the next six days from DVRs and other devices is added. A year ago, the opener had a 21.8 rating from live and time-shifted viewership.

Wednesday's second episode only dipped slightly here to a 18.7 on WUTV. A year ago, the second episode had a 19.8 rating from live and time-shifted viewership. When additional viewership is added to Wednesday's live rating, it is likely the second episode this season will be higher than it was last season

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

@StillTalkinTV | apergament@buffnews.com

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