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?
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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Topics: American Idol, FOX Reality TV Shows, NBC Reality TV Shows, The Voice, The X Factor |
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