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American Idol Takes Back Its Number One Ratings Spot

March 21, 2012 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ

After a slow start to season eleven, FOX‘s American Idol, appeared to bounce back into the ratings last week, as the series slid back into its normal number one spot. Was it all of the drama surrounding Jermaine Jones that had viewers tuning in? Read on for the scoop.

American Idol has had a slow start in the ratings this season, coming in behind NBC’s The Voice for the past few weeks, but it appears that Idol may be bouncing back. Last week, American Idol placed in the first and second spots for overall viewers for the week, but was it the drama that had folks tuning in? Or maybe it is the top 10 ten that get people watching? In any event, the official Nielsen numbers for the week have American Idol at 18,384,000 for Wednesday’s show, and 16,021,000 for Thursday’s elimination show. Meanwhile, The Voice came in at 14,515,000 earning the NBC hit the third spot in overall viewers for the week.

Randy Jackson recently defended the declining Idol ratings as he told EW: “When you have, every few months, a new singing show, and now we have three or four of them on the air, it’s year-round singing. The one thing when you get a lot of everything – and all of these shows are great: The Voice is great, The X Factor is great, even Got Talent has singing. When you have that much singing, it’s like showing up at a river with more water. Does the world need more water? Does the world need more singing? So everything’s gonna level off a bit.”

Has American Idol found its way back to the top of the ratings? Or was it all the drama last week that caused the spike? Comment below and let us know what you think!

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