Wednesday Ratings: Idol Down From Last Week, On Track to Beat The Voice

Ratings from @FOX_Research:

@AmericanIdol was the No. 1 program last night in A18-49 (5.3/15), A18-34 (3.6/12-tie w/ Modern Family) & Total Viewers (17.9 million)

Idol beat last night’s No. 2 program in A18-49 by +20% (5.3/15 vs. 4.4/12, Modern Family) & by +56% in Total Viewers (17.9m vs. 11.5m, CSI)

Last night, #FOX won its ninth consecutive Wednesday night among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Total Viewers #AmericanIdol #Season11

The Voice final ratings for this week were 5.2 14 14.51 So, unless Idol is adjusted downward, they will win the week.  However, the numbers are down from Idol’s 5.7/16 18.69 rating last week.

From TVByTheNumbers:

With a 100% original night on English broadcast, Fox esaily topped the night’s adults 18-49 ratings even as American Idol slipped 7% vs. last week to a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating compared to a 5.7 rating last week, although adjustments in the final ratings have tended to narrow that gap by a tenth.

Idol’s dip isn’t bad when you consider many series hit season lows last night, including “The Middle” and “Modern Family”.  “Survivor” was down from last week.


FOX American Idol (8-10p) 5.3 15 17.877
CBS Survivor: One World 2.9 9 10.310
ABC The Middle 2.1 7 6.990
NBC Whitney 1.4 5 4.013
CW One Tree Hill 0.7 2 1.502


ABC Suburgatory 2.1 6 6.301
NBC Are You There, Chelsea? 1.0 3 2.903


ABC Modern Family 4.4 12 10.523
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8 7 11.333
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.7 2 2.520
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.5 1 1.046
9:30PM ABC Happy Endings 2.4 6 5.514


CBS CSI 2.7 8 11.518
ABC Revenge For Real 1.2 3 4.456
NBC Rock Center 0.6 2 2.601

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  • Anonymous

    Good…I like Idol without the “created reality” element. These numbers should teach Nigel that Drama does not increase ratings…but better approved songs probably will.

  • Anonymous

    Everything on TV has been way down this week because of daylight savings time (and the gorgeous weather most of the east has been experiencing), so this isn’t surprising.  Just glad it wasn’t down more than that.

  • Valentin432

    Half hour breakdown
    8:00 p.m.
    Viewers: 15.86 million (#1), A18-49: 4.6/15 (#1)
    8:30 p.m.
    Viewers: 17.63 million (#1), A18-49: 5.1/15 (#1)
    9:00 p.m.
    Viewers: 18.84 million (#1), A18-49: 5.6/15 (#1)
    9:30 p.m.
    Viewers: 19.17 million (#1), A18-49: 5.8/15 (#1)

    I’m loving this evolution, even more so because Modern Family was back with an original yesterday.

    The decline was expected from the first week of the finals, but it should be a small one with the later update.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! I don’t even care that they are down. I’m just happy they are back to number 1!

    We have the DST excuse for it being down anyway. :D

  • Cathy Knott

    HA HA HA HA HA HA to Nigel.  Now leave the show alone.  If your contestants are as fantastic as your judges are saying they are, they should be able to carry the show.  They don’t need your interferring.  Last night was just dumb.  Why don’t you go back to destroying SYTYCD

  • Joseph

    Actually, these are very strong numbers. If it’s likely adjusted up to a 5.4… it means that DST took a VERY small bite from Idol. And no, Mikaylaislove, the drop in viewers had NOTHING to do with the “created reality” element.

  • Joseph

    Cathy; you should learn more about ratings. Most shows have dropped on an average 10-15% this week due to DST. Idol only dropped 7%. That’s a GREAT result.

  • Anonymous

    Even my dad was talking about that guy’s disqualification, and he has never even watched Idol.  Smh….  Now, let’s see how it stands on its own.

  • Tess

    With the change in TV viewing habits and the availability of programming outside of Network television I think it is still pretty impressive that Idol, in its 11th season, is still winning for the night and is pulling in almost 18 million peeps.  Other than contestants changing, Idol is a pretty stagnant program in terms of how it is presented and to keep that many people tuning in is a testament to its core purpose.  Good on it.

  • Pam

    No, the drama certainly didn’t help the ratings but it had the situation had to be explained in some form to the viewers.  The song selections were very dull and I can easily see people being motivated to turn away plus there is March Madness to consider as well.

  • Joseph

    March Madness primetime games are on Thursdays… They will only affect results shows I believe.

  • Valentin432

    But that’s exactly the contrary of what happened.
    People tuned in more and more based on the half hour ratings.

    It’s even more impressive because there was a pattern since the beginning of the season to see the numbers dip at the 9:00 mark but yesterday it went up considerably against its main competition, Modern Family that aired an original instead of a repeat last week.

  • Kirsten

    Not too shabby considering they got hit by the dreaded DST and the return of new programming (last week they were facing re-runs). Last year, they had a 9% drop. 

    Certainly, this is less than the 18% drop that was said to be normally attributable to DST that we heard about on Tuesday morning.

  • Cathy Knott

    Nigel did this thing with Jermaine to up the ratings. All the Idol sites were all about that yesterday but   it didn’t work.  Congratulations to Idol, they have managed through manipulation and pulling out all the drama to beat The Voice by a little bit.  For all that crap last night I am laughing my head off. Again it just shows how desperate Nigel is. BTW Im not sure where you live but it was still dark here at 8pm when Idol started so I don’t think DST had that much effect. The people on this site certainly didn’t give The Voice credit for DST effecting it’s ratings.

  • Joseph

    Uhh, Cathy…

    Most shows fell an average of 10-15% this week… Idol fell 7%. Perhaps their lack of falling an extra 3-8% DID have to do with the Jermaine drama? The point is: we only know one thing. American Idol held more of their audience this week than almost every other show on television…

  • Brittany Keener

    Wooo! Not bad at all!

  • Tinawina

    This is good. There were a lot of things working against them last night but they more than held their own. So yay!

  • Kirsten


    The people on this site certainly didn’t give The Voice credit for DST effecting it’s ratings.

    DST does have an effect that was acknowledged on that thread. It’s just not normally as large as 18%.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Nigel was trying to get the viewers UP-knew that would be next to impossible due to DST. He was trying to keep the decline from falling STEEPER than it could have-and he succeeded.

    And people were definitely spinning the DST on The Voice thread.

  • Anonymous

    I think the drama helped the ratings from taking a steeper decline. That was the goal in mind. So in a way, it did help(in addition to the good talent).

  • Anonymous

    The best part about this? Idol was up against ALL new programming. The Voice was against mostly repeats and The Bachelor and it still had lower ratings than idol. When you think about it…if idol was against repeats like last week, then it may have had VERY similar ratings to last week. I think this shows The Voice loses it’s appeal in the battle rounds. Joshua’s performance was better than anything we have seen on The Voice.

  • BonnieDee

    The Battle Rounds always do in The Voice.  They are not popular and they always lose me there.  

  • Enough already!

    Congratulations to the judges for their actual judging each contestant last night. They actually had constructive things to say to almost all.   They weren’t always in agreement with Jimmie L.  Not sure what that dynamic  should be? 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I don’t think anybody except Josh and Elise got away without at least a little bit of critique last night.

  • Anonymous

    I have to say that the numbers this week kinda baffle me. An 11-year-old show shouldn’t be doing as well as or better than a two-year-old show in the same genre, seems to me. Don’t know what this really says about The Voice, but I don’t see how it can be good.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t wonder that ratings go down for the Voice in the battle round.  Does anyone really believe that when they pit two of their performers against each other that the judges don’t know when they select them who they will pick to win each round?  I don’t for one minute believe the anguish, pain, blah blah, blah, the judges pretend to go through…so phony. 

    Does anyone really believe that they don’t have firmly in mind who in their team they want to win the whole thing immediately after they have selected their 12 contestants?   

    So might as well wait to see who the 4 finalists are.

    Still haven’t seen anyone who blows me away so unless they pick up their performances a whole lot meh.

  • Anonymous

    After 11 years, those ratings are still pretty impressive. DWTS starts on Monday as well so The Voice will have even more competition to compete with.

  • Tinawina

    It’s not bad for The Voice. Last year it had a much lower average. This year is sure to end up higher. Also, last year the ratings went up again after battle rounds were over, I think. So if, say, next week is as low as it gets, that’s still pretty good. And it may still beat Idol’s average in the demo by season’s end.

    Plus, while Idol’s ratings this week were good and it’s still a hit show, it’s only good in the context of this season. The show is still running ~35%(?) lower than last years ratings. It lost a lot of viewers fast, so it’s not like Idol is in the bestest shape itself.

    Don’t get me wrong, I prefer Idol and I’m happy it did well, but The Voice is not exactly hurting either IMO.

  • Anonymous

    18 million vs 22 million for last years comparative episode actually isn’t too bad. Sure the demo has shrank dramatically but losing 4 million viewers isn’t bad overall considering everything idol had going against them this year with the viewer fatigue and novelty of the new judges wearing off.

  • Pam

    Here are last nights final adjusted ratings from tvbythenumbers.

    Lots of adjustments today as American Idol, Survivor: One World, CSI, One Tree Hill, Are You There, Chelsea?, and Modern Family all  adjusted up one tenth of a ratings point with adults 18-49 versus Wednesday’s preliminary ratings.

    8:00PM FOX American Idol 5.4 16 18.38

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I see that. If The Voice is actually doing better this year than  last, then I guess they’re still on an early-years upward trend that may continue next season/ear, too. …

    I guess I just really would expect a two-year-old novelty that seems to be pretty solid to automatically do *way* better than an 11-year-old show that’s already been waning for a while. But of course nobody’s getting the viewer numbers they got 10 years ago so you can’t compare any of these trajectories to what happened then.

  • Tinawina

    Yeah, I can see it that way.

    But of course nobody’s getting the viewer numbers they got 10 years ago so you can’t compare any of these trajectories to what happened then.

    Yeah, that’s where I am. I’m not expecting anything to do better than what Idol did it’s second year. That was just crazy. But in terms of a typical hit show, The Voice is doing very very well IMO.

  • Elliegrll

    I think the great news is that even though AI was down, it wasn’t hurt too much by the time change.  Some popular shows saw massive hits this week, Once Upon A Time has been stable all season, but saw a drop around 18%, and The Voice saw a similar fate.

    Even in the 8 o’clock hour AI’s drop among adult viewers was under 6%.

    I think this shows the difference between The Voice and AI, at least for right now, it seems to indicate that among current viewers, AI is still must watch tv.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the drama didn’t cause a drop in ratings…that wouldn’t be logical…the question is, would it cause an increase. My point is that more people did NOT tune in to see the drama (so no increase)…therefore Nigel should leave the show alone and let the contestants pull in the viewers. If he wants to help out, he should clear better songs, not create reality.