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Episodes

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 below.

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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 43205 Apr 15, 2018
Open
12 12
47.5
 
78 11 17.5 3 1 4 4 0
177 38041 Feb 24, 2004
Open
8 8
47.4
 
92 10 17.6 1 1 4 1 1
178 39497 Feb 19, 2008
1960s
12 12
47.3
 
82 17 17.6 2 4 2 3 1
179 41339 Mar 6, 2013
Open
10 10
47.2
 
76 8 19.4 1 2 5 2 0
180 41703 Mar 5, 2014
Home
12 12
47.2
 
64 23 20.2 0 3 5 4 0
181 43212 Apr 22, 2018
Open
14 14
47.1
 
87 10 17.9 3 3 4 2 2
182 40967 Feb 28, 2012
Open
13 13
47.0
 
79 7 20.3 1 4 5 3 0
183 42060 Feb 25, 2015
Open
12 12
47.0
 
85 10 18.0 2 3 2 4 1
184 43226 May 6, 2018
Prince / Year You Were Born
7 14
46.9
 
89 4 18.6 1 6 4 1 2
185 39525 Mar 18, 2008
Beatles
11 11
46.9
 
72 16 20.2 1 3 3 4 0
186 38811 Apr 4, 2006
Country
9 9
46.9
 
71 17 22.0 1 1 4 3 0
187 41738 Apr 9, 2014
80's
8 12
46.8
 
86 21 19.3 0 5 3 3 1
188 42075 Mar 12, 2015
Get The Party Started
12 12
46.8
 
89 16 19.3 2 4 2 3 1
189 37705 Mar 25, 2003
Country Rock
10 10
46.7
 
80 28 22.7 0 5 3 1 1
190 38405 Feb 22, 2005
Open
12 12
46.7
 
87 13 18.8 1 5 2 2 2
191 39574 May 6, 2008
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
4 8
46.5
 
71 9 20.1 2 0 4 2 0
192 41325 Feb 20, 2013
Open
10 10
46.5
 
78 8 14.9 1 4 2 3 0
193 41347 Mar 14, 2013
Open
2 2
46.5
 
47 46 19.5 0 0 2 0 0
194 41689 Feb 19, 2014
Open
10 10
46.5
 
74 4 19.4 1 3 2 4 0
195 42061 Feb 26, 2015
Open
12 12
46.5
 
87 9 17.2 2 2 5 1 2
196 39903 Mar 31, 2009
Top iTunes Downloads
9 9
46.4
 
87 9 18.6 1 3 3 1 1
197 37684 Mar 4, 2003
Open
9 9
46.3
 
90 17 15.7 1 3 2 1 2
198 42088 Mar 25, 2015
1980s
9 9
46.3
 
79 13 16.9 1 3 1 4 0
199 39861 Feb 17, 2009
Billboard Hot 100
12 12
46.3
 
80 9 15.6 2 3 2 3 2
200 38048 Mar 2, 2004
Open
8 8
46.0
 
79 7 16.3 2 1 2 3 0
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