The finales have been aired, the champions have been crowned, and now all that’s left to do is see which spring singing show came out on top during the last week of the season. The Voice started things out on top, but American Idol has come from behind to dominate these last few weeks. But which one reigned supreme in finale week?
The American Idol finale absolutely dominated on Sunday night. It had 8.74 million viewers – a season high tied with the top 8 episode featuring Queen songs – and a rating of 1.5. 60 Minutes on CBS was the only other program to pass 6 million viewers (8.42) and was second in the ratings with a huge gap between it and Idol (60 Minutes got a 0.8).
On Monday, The Voice tied ABC’s The Bachelorette for highest-rated program of the night with a 1.2. However, it did manage to beat it in total viewers (7.96 million to 4.52 million, respectively). Tuesday’s finale got a 1.1 and 7.42 million viewers, putting it in second place for the evening behind CBS’s NCIS which got a 1.2 and 12.10 million viewers.
The Voice saw a very strong start to its season, but its numbers quickly fell while American Idol‘s rose. While Idol never hit the highs the early-season episodes of The Voice did, we have to wonder if the ABC reboot is on the rise to potentially become the biggest singing show in America as it was back in the early 2000’s.
As for The Voice, it’s hard to tell how Season 17 will fare in the fall. American Idol is a spring-only show so it won’t have to worry about losing singing competition buzz to it, but the loss of Adam Levine has created a huge question mark. This will be the first season of the American iteration of the show without him, and time will tell whether or not the shake-up will be refreshing or if his absence will create a hole no one else can fill.