TV Ratings: 'Voice' Maintains Healthy Lead Over Dipping 'Idol'

NBC outperforms its head-to-head competition by 44 percent in the key demo as both shows drop by equal measure from previous Monday.
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The second Monday of American Idol and The Voice going head-to-head brought another easy victory for the latter. NBC owned the hours between 8 and 10 o’clock by an advantage of 33 percent in the key demographic.

All told, Monday's episode of The Voice averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers.

American Idol trailed with a 1.6 rating in the key demo and 7.7 million viewers, both lows for the newly returned show. It was a night of relative stability for both singing competitions; compared to the previous Monday, The Voice and American Idol only lost two-tenths of a ratings point.

There's good news and bad news for ABC's Monday. While American Idol is pulling a smaller audience than Dancing with the Stars has in the same time slot, it’s skewing much younger — pulling a stronger showing among adults 18-49. If American Idol seems like it's sucking up an undue amount of the ratings conversation, it’s not. It’s the biggest gamble of the spring, if not the entire TV calendar — expensive and unprecedented in its speedy resurrection on a different network. All of the attention will settle over the next two months, but it won’t be going away.

Elsewhere on the dial, The Good Doctor topped at 10 p.m. with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, besting NBC's Good Girls (1.0 adults) and CBS' Scorpion (0.8 adults). CBS' comedies — Kevin Can Wait (1.0 adults), Man with a Plan (0.9 adults), Superior Donuts (0.8 adults) and Living Biblically (0.7 adults) — were steady.

On Fox, Lucifer (0.8 adults) and The Resident (0.9 adults) also held, as did Legends of Tomorrow (0.4 adults) and iZombie (0.2 adults) on the CW.