Episodes

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# Date Episode / Theme #Cn #Pf Average Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
176 37460 Jul 23, 2002
1960s
8 8
47.8
 
89 10 15.1 2 0 4 0 2
177 37663 Feb 11, 2003
Open
8 8
47.8
 
81 8 16.4 2 2 1 1 2
178 40646 Apr 13, 2011
Songs From The Movies
8 8
47.8
 
71 15 22.3 1 1 4 2 0
179 41717 Mar 19, 2014
Billboard Top 10
10 10
47.7
 
80 18 18.2 1 2 5 1 1
180 38447 Apr 5, 2005
Classic Musicals
9 9
47.7
 
71 11 16.1 2 1 2 4 0
181 37712 Apr 1, 2003
Disco
8 8
47.5
 
77 9 17.9 2 1 2 3 0
182 38118 May 11, 2004
Disco
4 8
47.5
 
81 9 14.1 2 0 2 3 1
183 38419 Mar 8, 2005
Open
8 8
47.5
 
80 7 16.4 1 2 2 2 1
184 39546 Apr 8, 2008
Inspirational (Idol Gives Back)
8 8
47.5
 
79 21 22.6 0 3 2 3 0
185 43205 Apr 15, 2018
Open
12 12
47.5
 
78 11 17.5 3 1 4 4 0
186 38041 Feb 24, 2004
Open
8 8
47.4
 
92 10 17.6 1 1 4 1 1
187 39497 Feb 19, 2008
1960s
12 12
47.3
 
82 17 17.6 2 4 2 3 1
188 41339 Mar 6, 2013
Open
10 10
47.2
 
76 8 19.4 1 2 5 2 0
189 41703 Mar 5, 2014
Home
12 12
47.2
 
64 23 20.2 0 3 5 4 0
190 43212 Apr 22, 2018
Open
14 14
47.1
 
87 10 17.9 3 3 4 2 2
191 40967 Feb 28, 2012
Open
13 13
47.0
 
79 7 20.3 1 4 5 3 0
192 42060 Feb 25, 2015
Open
12 12
47.0
 
85 10 18.0 2 3 2 4 1
193 43226 May 6, 2018
Prince / Year You Were Born
7 14
46.9
 
89 4 18.6 1 6 4 1 2
194 39525 Mar 18, 2008
Beatles
11 11
46.9
 
72 16 20.2 1 3 3 4 0
195 43947 Apr 26, 2020
Open (online)
20 20
46.9
 
67 13 23.0 1 6 7 6 0
196 38811 Apr 4, 2006
Country
9 9
46.9
 
71 17 22.0 1 1 4 3 0
197 41738 Apr 9, 2014
80's
8 12
46.8
 
86 21 19.3 0 5 3 3 1
198 42075 Mar 12, 2015
Get The Party Started
12 12
46.8
 
89 16 19.3 2 4 2 3 1
199 37705 Mar 25, 2003
Country Rock
10 10
46.7
 
80 28 22.7 0 5 3 1 1
200 38405 Feb 22, 2005
Open
12 12
46.7
 
87 13 18.8 1 5 2 2 2

[back to top] Summary

Among the many curiosities you'll find in the Episodes table below is this little tidbit: From Season Two through Season Six, the lowest-rated Final 3 episode (AI5's, at 54.7) outpolled the highest-rated Finale (AI2's, 54.0). But upon further review, we suppose that's not all that surprising. AI Finales tend to be ragged affairs comprising 83 separate commercial breaks, a few reprise performances, and those always-popular American Idol Original Winners' Songs™, which the staff at WNTS.com is convinced are secretly written by saboteurs hired by rival networks.

On the other hand, a Final 3 episode is truly Must-See TV: three contestants, three songs apiece, and two tickets to the Kodak Theater on the line. Each contestant is fresh off an emotional trip home, and each is forced, for the first time since the Hollywood Round, to perform at least one song not of his or her own choosing. The pressure has to be suffocating, but by and large the Idols have risen to the challenge: nine 5-star performances (including 90-plus ones from Bo Bice and Katharine McPhee), 13 at 4-stars, and just two clocking in at 1-star. The Final Three are usually in it to win it.

As for the rest of the episodes, about the only advice we can offer is this: never try to predict whether or not a show will be any good based on its theme. As evidence, take a look at some of the themes of the highest-rated episodes.

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