American Idol Infographic Illustrates Ratings Dive

Here’s a handy infographic, courtesy of The Wrap, that gives a visual perspective to the American Idol ratings trajectory over the years.


As you can see, the apex of Idol ratings was Season 5. It dips a bit in Season 6, but then begins larger drops at Season 7. The drop between 9 and 10 narrows, but then drop precipitously at Season 11. The drops are smaller between 11, 12 and 13.

ETA: The Voice debuted on April 26, 2011. The X Factor premiered the following September. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there was a huge drop for Season 11 when it debuted in January, 2012.

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