Million Viewers Show Up for 'American Idol' Reboot Premiere

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Scheduling the Simpson special at the same time as the "American Idol" debut was widely seen as Fox's attempt to prevent its former headlining series from getting off to a fast start for ABC.

Tell us how you really feel, Katy Perry!

That gave ABC its most-watched Sunday night in more than five years, beating "60 Minutes" on CBS (9.2 million and 8.5 million viewers); NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" (3.6 million) and "Timeless" (2.96 million); and Fox's "O.J".

The new "American Idol", hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m. Auditions continue tonight with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

"I've never been in a relationship", he said.


Benjamin Glaze, a 19-year-old singer from Enid, appeared on the Sunday's premiere, and he made an "Idol" memory before he even sang a note: He got kissed by new "Idol" judge Katy Perry.

After composing himself, Glaze began his audition singing Nick Jonas's hit "Levels". Fortunately, Noah also brought a stand-out performance of Rihanna's "Stay" that snatched Katy's wig and sent Noah with it to Hollywood.

"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry said. "I think you were a bit rushed, and I think that's because I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat".

"Gone are the embarrassingly bad auditions that would go viral on Fox's American Idol and increased are the inspirational stories the Disney-owned network is hoping will go viral in a more positive way", Chris Harnick of E!

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