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Night 2 of American Idol‘s Season 12 premiere week drew 16.2 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 9 and 7 percent from this cycle’s Wednesday launch and off just 9 percent and a tenth from Season 11′s second outing.

(Fox would like to note that comparing Premiere Weeks, Idol Season 12 bested The Voice Season 3 by 40-plus percent.)

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Facing off against Idol, The Vampire Diaries returned to 2.9 mil and a 1.4, adding some viewers and a tenth in the demo, while relocated Parks and Recreation scored a 1.9 rating — up 27 percent from »

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