Wednesday saw The Voice (2.7/8) and American Idol (2.8/8) go head-to-head with live shows for the first time. While the NBC show bested the Fox series in their common hour, with Idol pulling in a 2.5/8, the night saw both shows hit new lows. Last night’s one-hour live The Voice had host Carson Daly announcing that technical glitches forced all online and text votes from viewers disregarded. It also saw the NBC show hit a series low with its 2.7. While up from the 1.6/5 of last Wednesday’s season-so-far recap show, last night’s show was down a hard 27% from Tuesday’s two-hour live performance show. The Voice wrapped its second week of special Wednesday shows with this season’s top 12 contestants being picked as well as performances Rod Stewart and former judge Cee Lo Green. Having the live Voice as a lead-in was good for Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5), which saw a 27% upward turn from last week for the series’ best result since January 9. Unlike Law & Order, Chicago Fire (1.8/5) was up last week, and the freshman drama repeated that this week, rising 6% from its May 1 show.
Idol was the most-watched show of the night with 10.82 million viewers over its two hours, but it hit another all-time low. The Fox show was even with last week’s fast nationals but down 3% from the final numbers of its May 1 show (2.9/9 ). On last night’s two-hour Idol, the show took its three finalists back to their hometowns and had them sing three songs each as they headed toward someone being eliminated tonight and next week’s season finale. By the nature of these live shows, expect to see ratings for both Idol and The Voice adjusted in the finale numbers later today. With that and the competition, Fox won the night in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers. (more…)