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The Voice Flattens American Idol, X Factor in Ratings

February 07, 2012 10:36 AM by Shayla Perry

Is American Idol‘s reign as the most popular singing competition on reality TV finally over? In its eleventh season, the FOX show is still going strong, but with a whopping 37.6 million viewers tuning in for the season premiere of The Voice (about 15.7 more than Idol‘s January 18 premiere), NBC is kicking some major a– in the ratings game. What does this mean for the future of American Idol and Simon Cowell‘s struggling X Factor?

Four superstar coaches, blind auditions, a strong social media component, and of course, those futuristic spinning chairs….

NBC has finally figured out what it takes to unseat FOX’s American Idol as the country’s favorite singing competition, raking in a total of 37.6 million viewers with The Voice‘s post-Super Bowl season premiere.

Now, with the highest ratings for a non-sports related broadcast in six years, The Voice is soaring high above the rest, and not showing signs of coming down any time soon, which could mean trouble for Idol. Already, critics and fans alike are complaining about a decline in the level of talent, which is being reflected in the show’s dwindling ratings not even a month into the new season.

The Voice‘s latest power grab could be even worse for Simon Cowell’s X Factor, which only attracted 12.49 million viewers in its inaugural season. And with the UK version of The Voice set to launch in the coming months, it looks like he’ll be competing with the show on both sides of “the pond.”

Fortunately for Simon, as the show is only heading into its second season – and with a new cast – The X Factor has a chance to gain some momentum in the coming years. Idol, on the other hand, has already undergone quite a few changes. Will fans stick around as the show tries to regain its footing?

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4 Responses to “The Voice Flattens American Idol, X Factor in Ratings”

  1. Shelly Says:
    February 7th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I didn’t see last season of The Voice but I tuned in for the premiere after the Super Bowl and last night…I have to say that I really enjoy this show. It’s a breath of fresh air for me. They actually have judges with talent. Not knocking J. Lo, Nicole whatever-the-hell-her-last-name-is, or Paula but come on now, Christina has one of the best singing voices in pop, Cee-Lo is on top of R&B, Adam Levine is the front man of one of my favorite bands…I don’t really know much about Blake Shelton but he is very nice to look at. When X Factor premiered, I loved it’s uniqueness but as time progressed I grew tired of the constant changes in the show and the mundane songs performed. American Idol, in my opinion, has overstayed it’s welcome. It was great when it started out but now it’s just ‘oh let’s see who wins and is never heard of again.’ I think the Voice might be on to something

  2. Paulette Says:
    February 7th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Nicole killed the X Factor for me, the blonde on The Voice is so vulgar that I won’t watch it anymore, and Randy’s co hosts on Idol are so disrespectful towards him that it makes it unpleasant to watch. So……none of the above.

  3. magni Says:
    February 9th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    American Idol is still my fav! I look froward to The X Factor with new judges. I can say The Voice is ok Someone sees the contestants, so I wouldnt say that it is blind! I think CA needs to be quiet and stop the fake arguing, it’s stupid

  4. Dola Belcourt Says:
    February 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    The Voice picks much better Talent, I can’t wait for the new season. The Voice also has more talented judges then Idol and poor X Factor. I think they all fake argue its part of the show.


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