‘American Idol’ Lifts ABC With Premiere Ratings Low Against Fox’s O.J. Simpson Special, ‘Timeless’ Decent In Return

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Sunday night felt like fall premiere week — we had a series debut, ABC’s Deception, a season opener, NBC’s Timeless, a series/season premiere, ABC’s American Idol revival, and a headline-grabbing counter-programming stunt, Fox’s O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? special, intended to ding the launch of the network’s former stalwart, Idol, on rival ABC. American Idol opened with 10.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 from 8-10 PM. That was down 21% in the…