*“American Idol” pulled over 11 million viewers on Thursday (Feb. 6), and was the third most-watched program for the night behind the Winter Olympics and “The Big Bang Theory” at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
That being said, Fox’s singing competition is far from the ratings goblin that it was during the glory days of Fantasia and the Velvet Teddy Bear.
Despite the fan-approved return of Jennifer Lopez at the judge’s table next to Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., Season 13’s Jan. 15 premiere was bittersweet: The episode drew 15 million viewers and won the night, but it was its lowest-rated premiere in history – marking the fourth consecutive year of record low premieres, and continuing an overall ratings slide that began in 2006.
With “The X Factor” now out of the way, “The Voice” on NBC stands alone as “Idol’s” competition in this unofficial popularity contest.
Where are the past “Voice” winners?
One thing “American Idol” should brag about is its record of churning out Grammy-winning, platinum-selling, Broadway-starring superstars…not to mention an Oscar winner.
“Idol” also has J.Lo, whose presence still manages to unhinge some contestants. Below, she explains what that feels like.
“American Idol” airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Below, Neco Starr and George Lovett are featured in a group performance of Bruno Mars‘ “Treasure.”