Talent Showdown: Did ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice’ Win the Night This Week?
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We’re heading into the home stretch of American Idol‘s second season on ABC and The Voice‘s 17th season on its original network of NBC. But are the ratings for these shows holding up? Was The Voice able to recover from the series lows it’s seen in recent weeks?
American Idol dominated the Sunday prime time ratings scene with 8.74 million viewers and a rating of 1.6 for ABC. It was the second-highest-rated episode of the season (only slightly behind the premiere’s 1.7) and was the most-watched episode of Season 2 (or 17, depending on how you count it) to date. (The show hadn’t surpassed 8 million viewers since the premiere drew in 8.65 million.)
NBC’s The Voice was top dog on Monday night with a 1.2 rating and 7.20 million viewers. It and FOX’s 9-1-1 with its 1.1 rating were the only two Monday night shows this week to get a rating above 1.0. On Tuesday, the show tied for highest-rated program to start at 9:00 Eastern with FBI on CBS. However, FBI ended up with more viewers at 8.86 million as opposed to The Voice‘s 6.33, and NCIS on CBS ended up winning the night with a 1.1 and 11.80 million viewers.
The tables have definitely turned for our two favorite springtime singing shows. Unlike at the beginning of their seasons which saw The Voice dominating all other shows – Idol included – the last few weeks have seen it losing some steam. While they didn’t directly compete against each other this week, it is noteworthy that Idol‘s single episode drew in more viewers and was more highly rated than either episode of The Voice.