'Voice' hits ratings low against 'Idol,' BUT...

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NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s American Idol had a rare head-to-head battle last night.

The Peacock had a one-hour off-pattern airing of the The Voice on Wednesday evening. Voice was barely edged out in these early numbers by a two-hour Idol. But while they were facing off in the 8 p.m. hour, The Voice came out on top (2.7 rating vs. 2.5).

Given that NBC’s competition was airing on a different night than usual, The Voice predictably dipped in the ratings — though went down a bit more than one might expect, falling 27 percent from the Tuesday night performance show to a series low. Whereas Idol was basically steady with last week. The Voice had some unusual drama last night when NBC told viewers that a vote tallying snafu had occurred earlier in the week (the problem did not impact the voting results, the network said).

Both reality shows were beaten by ABC’s Modern Family, but the comedy hit a season low. ABC’s freshman comedies Family Tools and How to Live With Your Parents also both dropped, with Family Tools falling a particularly steep 27 percent. Full Chart:

 ADULT DEMO RANK ADULTS 18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-10P AMERICAN IDOL #2 2.8 10,827
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE #9t 1.8 6,699
8:30P FAM TOOLS #12 1.1 4,432
9:00P MODRN FMLY #1 3.1 8,843
9:30P HOW-PARNTS #7 2.0 5,987
10-11P NASHVILLE #11 1.6 5,416
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR #4t 2.5 9,330
9-10P MINDS #4t 2.5 9,923
10-11P CSI #6 2.2 9,733
NBC 8-9P VOICE S #3 2.7 8,733
9-10P LAW&O:SVU #8 1.9 6,965
10-11P CHICAGO FIRE #9t 1.8 6,890
CW 8-9P ARROW #13t 0.9 2,564
9-10P SUPRNATURAL #13t 0.9 2,111

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