For the first time in five years, a show has beaten the once almighty American Idol in the ratings outright, not come close, but totally beat it in the timeslot. For weeks, Big Bang and American Idol have been neck-in-neck in the ratings on Thursday nights, with Big Bang either tying Idol in the 8p.m. time period, or coming extremely close to beating it in the 18-49 demo.
However, The Big Bang Theory just didn’t beat Idol in the 18-49 demo, but it also beat it in total viewers. American Idol drew in 15.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the demo, while Big Bang drew in 16.1 million viewers and a 5.2 in the demo.
The last time a show has beaten American Idol in the ratings was Grey’s Anatomy back in 2007, when that show was in its prime on Thursday nights.
Another crushing blow to the aging reality competition show, its newest competitor, The Voice also surpassed Idol in the ratings this week. The Voice was this weeks top program in the ratings, beating American Idol’s Wednesday telecast, which pulled a 5.1 vs. The Voice‘s 6.0.
What goes up, must come down, and oh how the (once) mighty American Idol has fallen.