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Ratings: “The Voice” Results Show Tops “American Idol” (Updated)

Update: Final broadcast data confirms that Wednesday’s “American Idol” was the lowest-rated and least-watched installment ever. It drew a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating with 6.58 million viewers.

An episode of FOX’s “Idol” had never before gone below a 1.5 in the adults 18-49 demographic or 6.76 million in total viewership.

In addition to confirming the series low outing, final broadcast data reveals that NBC’s hourlong “The Voice” results show dominated the “Idol” Top 8 performance/results hybrid.

“The Voice” drew a 2.2 rating with 9.64 million viewers in its timeslot. Weak by usual “The Voice” standards, the numbers look spectacular in comparison to the 1.3 rating and ~6.0 million viewership average “Idol” posted in the competitive 8-9PM hour.

CBS’ “Survivor” ultimately topped both music reality shows Wednesday night. It drew a 2.5 with 9.84 million viewers from 8-9PM.

Earlier this season, a “The Voice” clip show tied an original edition of FOX’s “American Idol” in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Is it at all surprising, therefore, that this Wednesday’s “The Voice” results show dominated the Top 8 “American Idol” performance/results hybrid show?

Per fast national data, NBC’s hourlong “The Voice” drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating with 9.54 million viewers. FOX’s “Idol” drew a paltry 1.3 adults 18-49 rating with 5.99 million viewers in the competitive 8-9PM hour.

The second hour of “Idol” aired without opposition from “The Voice,” and it naturally drew improved marks. That hour’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 7.06 million viewers were nonetheless poor by the standard of the show and down from the 1.8/8.72 million drawn by the corresponding hour last week.

Wednesday’s “Idol,” which also featured performances from Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line and Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson, ultimately averaged a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating with 6.52 million viewers in the fast nationals. If those numbers hold in the finals, they will rank as series lows for “Idol.”

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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