Wednesday, April 24, 2024

TV Ratings: “The Voice” Vanquishes New “American Idol” Again by 3 Million Viewers in Head to Head Competition


It does seem like the competition between “The Voice” and the new “American Idol” is turning into a weekly war won by the former not the latter.

On Monday nights, “The Voice” and the second night of “American Idol” overlap these days. And each time “The Voice” wins by 3 million viewers.

Last night was no exception. Again, “Idol” came in around 7.6 million viewers. “The Voice” had 10.3 million million. It’s give or take, but you can see the pattern from week to week. “American Idol” has found its audience on ABC. It’s about half of what it used to have on Fox in its heyday. The “Idol” audience skews older too.  It’s like an old comfortable slipper. “The Voice” is the new shiny penny. (Lots of cliches here.) The audience is a little younger.

Let’s be clear: neither show is hip. They are each serving mainstream, very broad entertainment. None of it is cutting edge.

But “The Voice” looks more like a game show. The judges’ chairs move around. It’s more about the production than the players. “Idol” still seems more like an earnest attempt to find really good singers. And so you make your choice.


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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