8:16am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Dominates a Diminished 'Idol' in Night 2
Sunday's debut of ABC's American Idol may have been subjected to ratings pressure, but the more interesting battle was saved for night two. Monday saw the revived singing competition go head-to-head with the genre's current heavyweight, NBC's The Voice.
Round 1 of The Voice versus American Idol saw the former easily come out on top with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers. Idol, on the other hand, was down 22 percent in the key demo from its Sunday debut, averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Among total viewers, Idol lost a little less steam, with an average 8.4 million viewers.
For The Voice, the competition didn't seem to take much bite out of its audience. The show was only off by two-tenths of a ratings point and actually improved among total viewers.
The pair aired head-to-head for an entire two-hour block, and their networks' respective nightly averages became much more closely aligned after switching wins at 10 p.m. with dominant drama The Good Doctor (1.8 adults) for ABC and Good Girls (1.1 adults) on NBC.
Sunday's Idol premiere pulled a respectable 2.3 rating in the key demo and 10.3 million viewers. That was below the recent launch of The Voice, but just better than what it pulled on its most recent Tuesday. Monday's Idol was technically a week-to-week loss in the key demo, down from ABC's coverage of the Bachelor finale, but it was at least improved among total viewers.
American Idol and The Voice won't go head-to-head for very long. ABC puts its singing competition on Sundays exclusively by April's end, when Dancing With the Stars returns to the dial. Either way, The Voice's advantage doesn't seem in doubt. Even after losing No. 1 status among TV's reality offerings to The Bachelor and then America's Got Talent in 2017, the show's Monday installment is averaging a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 for the 2017-18 TV season.
Elsewhere, in far less exciting races, CBS put out new episodes of Man With a Plan (1.0 adults) and Living Biblically (0.7 adults). Fox posted original outings of Lucifer (0.7 adults) and The Resident (0.8 adults). And on The CW, Legends of Tomorrow earned a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 before a new iZombie (0.2 adults).