Talent Showdown: How did ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ Fare This Week?

Julia Delbel
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We’re nearing the live shows on both The Voice and American Idol, but how did their final week of pre-recorded episodes do in the ratings?


American Idol came in second for Sunday programming, with a rating of 1.0 and 6.12 million viewers. They finished behind the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS (1.6 and 9.92 million viewers) which may have drawn in some country fans who would have normally tuned in for Idol.

As usual, The Voice topped Idol in the ratings Monday night, but this week it was pretty darn close. There was just one tenth between The Voice‘s 1.2 rating and Idol‘s 1.1, and the viewership difference was only a little above a million in favor of The Voice (7.62 million to 6.49 million). It was quite the drop for The Voice, which has been used to seeing up to and above 10 million viewers as of late; the show came in third for the night behind the NCAA Championship and Pregame programming on CBS (though it did manage to just beat the Pregame in viewership).

On Tuesday night, The Voice came in second once again. It tied NCIS with a rating of 1.2, but fell short in viewership. The CBS crime drama pulled in an audience of 11.82 million, while The Voice got 7.32.


The Voice‘s numbers have plummeted over the past few weeks, following a trend we’ve seen of shows not sticking strictly to a set weekly schedule losing viewers. There haven’t been consistent Tuesday episodes this season, leading people to not know whether the show will be on the night anymore. Monday episodes have also been dropping, but while this may seem alarming it’s typical for spring seasons of this show to see a big drop-off after the first few weeks.

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