‘The Voice’ vs. ‘Idol’: Who Won The Final Ratings Race Of The Season?

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All season long, American Idol and The Voice have gone head to head. Each show took place over two nights with Idol airing on Sundays and Mondays, and The Voice airing on Mondays and Tuesdays, so the real determining factor were the Monday episodes.


Both shows aired their finale episodes this week, making it was the last time the shows would go up against each other – at least this year! The Voice has consistently outperformed American Idol all season long, so you would probably predict that that would happen once again for the finale – but you’d be wrong.

For the first time, American Idol was the top-rated show on Monday night, narrowly beating out The Voice in overnight ratings. Although Variety reports that “the comparison is and imperfect one,” since the shows didn’t air head-to-head for both hours, a win is still a win! (Idol aired from 9-11pm, while The Voice aired from 8-10pm.)


The Ryan Seacrest-hosted singing competition series “averaged a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers,” according to Variety, which is up from Sunday’s episode (1.3 rating and 7.5 million viewers). Carson Daly’s show had 8.6 million viewers, drawing a 1.5 rating for both hours. However, when both shows were on from 9-10pm, the shows tied with a 1.5 rating each.

Are you surprised by American Idol’s ratings victory? Let us know in the comments!

Check out both shows crown their champion in the videos below.

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