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‘The Voice’ Vs. ‘American Idol’ Ratings War Begins — Who Won The First Round?

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate

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The Voice and American Idol went head to head last night with episodes that were on at the same time. ‘Idol’ typically only has episodes on Sundays, but this week they gave us a doubleheader with back to back episodes on Sunday and Monday. So which show had better ratings?


‘The Voice’ Wins Mondays Ratings Over ‘American Idol’

No surprise here, The Voice usually tops American Idol’s ratings each week. This week was no different. The Voice also received some record season highs drawing in a 1.8 rating for adults 18-49. American Idol only had a 1.2 rating with this demographic.

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The Voice also had 9.87 million viewers during last night’s episode. American Idol had 6.29 million viewers for ABC on Monday night, a decrease from Sundays 7.47 million viewers.


‘American Idol’ Tried Something New To Boost Ratings

In Monday night’s episode of American Idol, the contestants were separated by genres. They then performed up against people that were in the same category. It was quite similar to the way the contestants are grouped on The X Factor. This has never been done before on American Idol and it seems like it did not really help to boost ratings over its competitors, but it did make for some entertaining performances.

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High Ratings May Have Been A Factor Of Coronavirus

With many people bound to their homes while coronavirus sweeps the world, they are no doubt watching more television shows. Restaurants, bars and other public places are closed so self-quarantines and social distancing have led people to sit on their sofas.


Many people wrote and are currently writing on social media that they are catching up on these reality talent competitions. It is clear that there are some fans that watch both shows.

Regardless of which show bests the other in ratings, people will keep watching as they cannot go out and avoid large social gatherings. The Voice returns next week with The Battles and American Idol returns next week with Hollywood Week and promises a new twist that will shake up the group round.

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About the Author

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate is the Talent Guru here at Talent Recap. Her work has been featured at The Blast. Samantha graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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