‘The Voice’ Triumphs Over ‘American Idol’ Reboot In First Ratings Showdown

Published: Tuesday 13th Mar 2018 by Rashad

Photo credit: NBC (left), ABC (right)

As we previously reported, #Katycats were undoubtedly thrilled to learn the Katy Perry-led ‘American Idol’ reboot – which premiered Sunday, March 11th – was hailed a critical and commercial triumph.

Perry (alongside judges Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan) assisted ABC’s rendition of the reality singing competition reel in over 10 million viewers for its official return, figures that even helped it best ratings from former network home FOX and its highly viewed OJ Simpson interview.

Yet, in the show’s biggest test of commercial viability yet, with last night’s episode – which went head to head with singing competition ratings leader ‘The Voice’ (NBC) – ‘Idol’ hit a bit of a sour note.

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Historically, ‘The Voice’ has consistently owned ‘Idol’ on the weekly figures front.  However, as last night brought with it the shows’ first head-to-head ratings showdown, the numbers reveal no change in that trend thanks to a 22% dip in ‘Idol’ viewership from just the previous night.


NBC’s The Voice, with Blake SheltonKelly ClarksonAdam Levine  and Alicia Keys, scored 11.721 million total viewers with a 2.3 rating among adults in the key 18-49 demographic — keeping consistent from last week’s ratings for the series. Monday’s show, in fact, was the second most-watched episode of The Voice in the last year. Meanwhile, Idol recorded 8.359 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the key demo. That’s a difference of 40 percent overall and 28 percent in the main demo.


No real loss here, if you ask us, as the ‘Idol’ figures are still nothing to shake a stick at.  However, what we’re certainly keeping our eye on is viewership consistency (which is something ‘The Voice’ can certainly boast).  ‘Idol,’ already dipping in ratings after just day 2, may have the biggest challenge in earning a dedicated audience on its new network home.

Time will tell.

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  1. eric March 13, 2018

    I prefer The Four over both these shows, but I wish the season were longer and live like the final stage of American Idol. One problem they all have is too much producer input in who wins. The judges have their orders and know who to play up and when to play down someone’s talent.

    • iamdiego March 14, 2018

      me too

  2. Fact Checker March 13, 2018

    Funny the interesting spin you keep trying to put on this American Idol Reboot when you had nothing positive to say about the TRL one.

    • King Z March 13, 2018

      There was nothing positive to say about the TRL reboot. at least AI is bringing in double digits in the millions

      trl was barely bringing in a few hundred thousand if i remember correctly

  3. Riko March 14, 2018

    After watching AI I’ve come to conclusion I love the Four the best. The voice is my second favorite. After watching American idol it’s nothing but a racist white trailer park show. It amazed me that majority of their talent was white kids from Texas. Hilarious. In this case why didnt the show just change to a country idol?

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