‘American Idol’ Beaten By The Lord In The Ratings With ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

ABC?Eric Liebowitz

 


Poor American Idol. It just can’t catch a break. On Monday nights it has to contend with being up against The Voice, by far the most popular singing show on TV. But it hasn’t caught a break on Sunday nights either. Last month the reboot of the classic series had to contend with March Madness and this week it went up against the Lord in the form of John Legend as Jesus Christ Superstar. BUT the ratings do tell us something interesting.

The huge live musical version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about the passion of Christ got huge ratings on Sunday and American Idol only managed to get a 1.6 share which is about 9.8 million viewers. Now, a big special like that is of course going to get an edge. But what’s really interesting is that the ratings have remained steady for the third week in a row. That means that American Idol‘s audience might not be that big BUT it’s loyal. Rather than seeing John Legend by crucified in a tank top they preferred to watch Katy Perry shamelessly flirt with Trevor Holmes.

While Idol cannot fight Jesus Christ it will be interesting to see if it can maintain its current ratings tonight against The Voice as it enters the knockout rounds. This is when people usually start tuning in more to the shows, after the preliminary rounds are over. As long as Idol can hold its ratings steady I see it at least getting some more seasons.


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