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Ratings: The Voice wins Monday, on pace to beat American Idol this week

Update: The Voice final rating has been adjusted up to 6.7 with 17.84 million viewers.

The Voice regular day debut scored a 6.6 adult rating with 17.7 million viewers. This is 29% higher than last season’s 5.1 series debut. On the 9:30 to 10 pm half hour, it had a monster 7.7 rating.

What is more important is American Idol scored a 6.0 and a 5.5 rating last week on a downward trend. If Idol doesn’t improve it’s viewership, The Voice will be the #1 show this week. Are Idol fans going to allow this to happen?

Meanwhile, Smash debut to a 3.8 adult rating — very impressive!

What do you guys think? Can American Idol beat The Voice? I can’t believe we’ve reached that point where we are actually asking that question!

From TVbytheNumbers:

The regular-slot debut of “The Voice” (6.6/16 in 18-49, 17.7 million viewers overall from 8-10) is NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in slot excluding Olympics since Feb. 16, 2004

This is a jump of 29% versus last year’s 5.1 for the “Voice” series debut.

There was major growth through the half-hourrs… 5.3, 6.2, 7.3, 7.7

It’s NBC’s first 18-49 win over regular, original in-season competition on ABC and CBS in this slot, excluding Olympics, since November 3, 2008 (Deal or No Deal, SNL special).

“The Voice” held up very well relative to other shows that had post-Super Bowl time periods.

First regular-slot telecasts after post-Super Bowl editions, last three years…

Program… Date… a1849… total viewers
Undercover Boss… 2/14/10… 5.2/13… 15.446 million
Glee… 2/8/11… 4.6/13… 11.577 million
The Voice… 2/6/12… 6.6/16… 17.686 million

Smash

At 10, “Smash” (3/8/10 I 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall at 10 p.m.) scored the highest 18-49 rating for any episode of a regular 10 p.m. drama on ABC, CBS or NBC on any night of the week so far this season.

“Smash” delivered NBC’s top in-season 18-49 and total-viewer results in the time period since November 3, 2008 (SNL election special).

“Smash” nearly quadrupled NBC’s season average in the slot (1.0).

This is NBC’s first 18-49 win in the slot vs. regular, original in-season competition on ABC and CBS, excluding Olympics, since November 3, 2008 (SNL election special)

The Voice premiered after the Super Bowl with a 16.3/37 and 37.61 million viewers.

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looaveera
looaveera

@rickey NUP! AMERICAN IDOLE CAN NOT BEAT THE VOICE! THE VOICE STILL WINNING!

QKW24
QKW24

No IDOL for me. Season 11 will be the worst.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

LOL, laugh all you want, but Idol still beat the Voice with 21 million viewers and 7.5 ratings...this could technically be considered The Voice's premiere. Idol won hands down. HAHA!

Adri Ferrer
Adri Ferrer

I dont think so.. The voice is so much interesting that AI now... I really hope the voice car make it as #w1 this year!!

gigglezzz
gigglezzz

Nice, but let's see if they can maintain it. I'll love to see them give those AI snobs a run for their money.

aquayers
aquayers

Wow,impressive rating. I have to give it to this show. Time to bring out the popcorn then and watch the catfight between Idol and The Voice. Haha.

J@M
J@M

Ask a child what he or she wants to win. Be an American Idol, Be The Voice or Win X Factor? That is the true test of which one of these shows is the best

Kaylo
Kaylo

Idol is still the best. Idol > Voice> X-Factor . Idol is funnier, more interesting , and produces bigger stars. The voice is more about the judges,, It resurrected Christina's Career, Brought Adam Levine and Maroon 5 into reckoning, introduced me to Blake, who i never knew or listened to before. But what happened to Javier Colon. No one even remembers him anymore. Scotty McCreary, meanwhile has sold close to a million copies of clear as day. And Idols first winner Kelly Clarkson is singing The National Anthem at the Superbowl, has the number 1 it on the billboard Hot 100. Do you honestly think Javier Colon will come close to that?

Thisismyusername
Thisismyusername

I wish there wouldn't be this rivalry against the viewers, why don't we all watch the two show and voila??:D

realphill
realphill

oh and a hell of a big YAY for smash! such a great pilot!! go kat!

Candace Ferrero
Candace Ferrero

I love "The Voice"! The talent bar is SO high this year.

Kaylo
Kaylo

American Idol Fans wont let that happen. Besides, Its Hollywood Week, Im sure all the fans that avoided those boring auditions will be back

realphill
realphill

the voice will take the crown this week. Not to sure about any week after that.

XL
XL

As someone who has watched Idol for all 11 seasons, The Voice deserves to beat it. Idol is tired and played out. It's stuck in it's ways and refuses to become more current. Voice > X-Factor > Idol. Sorry.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Julie_Idol Yes! Julie's back! We're still #1! Long live American Idol!!!

Kaylo
Kaylo

@J@M At least for now Idol! Maybe in a year or two that might change.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@J@M 10 years of branding at work here.

realphill
realphill

we need the rivalry. fans win!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Kaylo Idol needs a 6.7 rating to beat The Voice this week.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@realphill Well it's going to be a war of attrition going forward after we get Idol's ratings this week. If idol has already stabilized then we are in for a dogfight all season. I am so psyched.

Kaylo
Kaylo

@XL I disagree Idol is still the best. Idol > Voice> X-Factor . Idol is funnier, more interesting , and produces bigger stars. The voice is more about the judges,, It resurrected Christina's Career, Brought Adam Levine and Maroon 5 into reckoning, introduced me to Blake, who i never knew or listened to before. But what happened to Javier Colon. No one even remembers him anymore. Scotty McCreary, meanwhile has sold close to a million copies of clear as day. And Idols first winner Kelly Clarkson is singing The National Anthem at the Superbowl, has the number 1 it on the billboard Hot 100. Do you honestly think Javier Colon will come close to that?

fuckhead
fuckhead

@XL Yes, you are correct. Idol has already cut short the audition showings because the voice premiered this week. And adding Las Vegas was no big deal. Why is everyone so afraid Idol will shrink. It's time. Everything gets older and shrinks.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

@Mikhail XO who cares? it premiered right after the superbowl. Idol's would have been higher if they premiered after the superbowl. Guaranteed.

Julie_Idol
Julie_Idol

@Mikhail XO Better show? LOL don't make me laugh. Most people agree that the novelty of The Voice wears off when those horrible Battle Rounds start. There is no such thing as idol fatigue...its SINGING COMPETITION FATIGUE.

fuckhead
fuckhead

@Rickey Rickey, get on it. I just heard---in the works---SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SKATE?

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Mikhail XO My point exactly, The show should never be about the judges. It should always be about the contestants. Honest to God, if you were an aspiring singer and you were told you could only audition for one of them, Which one would you pick. I know i'd pick A.I 11 times out of 10.And pretty sure i'm not alone. I honestly find the voice bland and BORING.... And also really cheesy. Also, you say the voice is only 1 season old; American Idol only need one season to Give us Kelly Clarkson , so The Voice is already lagging behind.

XL
XL

@Mikhail XO@Thisismyusername I feel that same way! I love all three, I honestly do, I just feel like some Idol viewers are hateful and love to spite The Voice and X-Factor, so I jump into defense mode.

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Mikhail XO I Love the crapola contestants. They make me laugh. Like remember the one who got married in Vegas last season.. That was freaking hilarious, the way she was so serious about it. Nigel is 'The Boss'

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Rickey Im pretty sure it will be >7. Does idol need an average of 6.7 over the two days, or is it just for any given day?

fuckhead
fuckhead

@Kaylo@XL Got it. Idol has produced One really really successful artist. Maybe two. Over 11 years. Not a very good track record. And we are talking Idol. Not the voice or X.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@fuckhead@XL They cut the auditions which I found disappointing because it was such a reactionary move. It's basically acknowledging that they are no longer dictating the pace. Idol has thrived announcing that it is the "best" and the "most talented" etc etc etc -- and yet they acted defensively this week.

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Mikhail XO I wouldnt really blame Nigel. He knows how to keep the show running. He knows how to put the focus on the contestants, and dig deep into their lives, And he knows how to liven up the shows . just remember last season's finale. Even when no one was performing, i was still glued to my screen, with all the jokes, teasing the judges, teasing the contestants e.t.c. ,

Kaylo
Kaylo

@realphill Yeah the panel is old. i kind of like Steve's Goofiness and Jimmy Iovine added something extra to the show last season. Hopefully he carries on, This season. The X-factor is a whole other story, dont get me started.

realphill
realphill

@Mikhail XO@Kaylo idols panel its just too old. the voice has a more young vibe. x factor also has an old panel but i think simon its working at it in this moment :)

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Mikhail XO You 100% right about the entertainment value, and In my Opinion, I think Idol has better entertainment value, More laughs, more thrills and better Production.(Apart from the just ended auditions). Ultimately we all have different tastes and enjoy different things. I do enjoy The Voice but i enjoy A.I much much more.. And as the season unfolds we shall see how many people have my tastes.The ratings never lie.

XL
XL

@Mikhail XO@Kaylo Correct. X-Factor UK produced a bomb the first season. By the third season, it produced a worldwide talent in Leona.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Kaylo@Mikhail XO American Idol also needed 5 season to produce Taylor Hicks and 9 seasons to produce Lee DeWyze and slew of other singers declared as the greatest things since slice bread that never materialized. So much for a track record.

The Voice is changing the game and is not playing by American Idol's rules. Why should anyone do that anyway?

realphill
realphill

@Kaylo@Mikhail XO i blame the voice format. theres just not enough time to get to know the contestants... i mean lets take lindsey pavao as an example..she will appear on screen 1 time in the next 6 weeks.then sing 1 time in weeks (live shows) i really hope they think about it this season.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Kaylo Yeah, but you can argue that The Voice had an actual premiere of 16.3 after the Super Bowl last Sunday which is better. That's why I'm going with the ratings for the week.

Idol dropped from 6.5 two weeks ago to 6.0 last week for Wednesdays. A loss of about 1 million viewers. I don't think the show will gain that many this week. If Idol is stable this week from last week between 5.5 to 6 level then it's going to be interesting! We've never had this kind of show vs. show action before with the singing comps. I love it!

Kaylo
Kaylo

@Rickey I see.. in another observation, A.I's debut of 7.4/19 with 21.93 milllion viewers is still better than The Voice's 6.6/16 17.686 million and judging from A.I's Trend The Voice's ratings will definitely follow that trend.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Mikhail XO We really need to find a thread where she's posted and respond there so it triggers the e-mail notification on LiveFyre (if she has it on).

Happy Day Mikhail!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Kaylo Just one day is fine. It's all relative. What I would hate to happen is even after The Voice winning adult ratings, FOX comes out with a press release that they had more "viewers". This is exactly what happend with DWTS and NCIS vs. Idol for the past couple of years but the ratings are the more important measurement.

crackinthewall
crackinthewall

@fuckhead@Kaylo@XL Can you imagine how fast they threw Taylor Hicks and Lee Dewyze under the bus? Javier might have not sold more than Scotty did but you have to admit that The Voice threw its weight behind its finalists. Prior to the start of season 2, you can see them promote Casey, Xenia, Vicci, Javier and Dia on their website/FB/twitter. The banter between the coaches feels natural and if its scripted, they're doing a good job. Even under Simon's wings, the jokes between the judges and Ryan felt scripted. To be honest, I'd take a real artist like Kris over Lee and Scotty combined any day.

fuckhead
fuckhead

@Kaylo@XL We are not talking about 'regular players in the Industry'. Idol is supposed to produce multi-million selling recording artists. That's what they say. I'm ready for---SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SKATE!!

Kaylo
Kaylo

@XL@fuckhead Haha,, thats a little cliche. I think its unfair to put a musician like Kris Allen or Lee DeWyze with Scotty, They may all be WGWG, but they are really different.

XL
XL

@Kaylo@fuckhead All of those, except Scotty, were from over 5 years ago. The fact is that Idol produces nothing but white guys with guitars these days.

realphill
realphill

@fuckhead@Kaylo@XL describe your definition of succesful on the music bussines and i can assure you i can count more than 2.

Kaylo
Kaylo

@fuckhead@XL Kelly, Underwood, J-Hud, Jordin Sparks, Scotty and now Katy McPhee. I believe all those i mentioned are Regular players in the Industry today.