Saturday, June 15, 2024

Ratings: “The Voice” Swamps “American Idol” in Second Head to Head Contest by 3 Million Viewers


Monday night– The Voice swamped American Idol for a second night in a row. The NBC show scored three million more viewers during the first hour and two million more during the second hour.

The Voice had 10.6 million viewers in both hours last night with a 2.2 and 2.3 in the key demo of 18-49. American Idol had 7.5 million viewers in the first hour and almost 8 million in the second hour. But the key demo was 1.5 and 1.7, skewing older.

As I wrote in the last couple of stories, “Idol” seems strangely semi-pro this year. The singers are almost too good, and too prepared for careers. The audience may be sensing that. Also, The Voice is just considered hipper.

Nevertheless, I do like the judges on Idol– Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan. But again, I am out of the key demo, so I’m not a good judge. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton et al are more appealing to the younger demo. Plus Kelly Clarkson, the original “Idol” star, is on “The Voice.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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