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
201 42061 Feb 26, 2015
Open
12 12
46.5
 
87 9 17.2 2 2 5 1 2
202 39903 Mar 31, 2009
Top iTunes Downloads
9 9
46.4
 
87 9 18.6 1 3 3 1 1
203 37684 Mar 4, 2003
Open
9 9
46.3
 
90 17 15.7 1 3 2 1 2
204 42088 Mar 25, 2015
1980s
9 9
46.3
 
79 13 16.9 1 3 1 4 0
205 39861 Feb 17, 2009
Billboard Hot 100
12 12
46.3
 
80 9 15.6 2 3 2 3 2
206 38048 Mar 2, 2004
Open
8 8
46.0
 
79 7 16.3 2 1 2 3 0
207 42068 Mar 5, 2015
Motown
8 8
46.0
 
82 7 19.4 1 2 3 1 1
208 40618 Mar 16, 2011
Year You Were Born
12 12
45.9
 
78 14 19.7 1 5 2 4 0
209 38769 Feb 21, 2006
Open
12 12
45.8
 
80 10 15.8 3 2 3 3 1
210 39154 Mar 13, 2007
Diana Ross
12 12
45.8
 
85 8 15.2 2 3 4 1 2
211 42067 Mar 4, 2015
Motown
8 8
45.8
 
66 15 17.0 2 1 3 2 0
212 39917 Apr 14, 2009
Songs From The Cinema
7 7
45.7
 
69 15 20.4 1 2 1 3 0
213 37670 Feb 18, 2003
Open
8 8
45.5
 
74 25 22.9 0 3 4 1 0
214 37656 Feb 4, 2003
Open
8 8
45.1
 
70 11 19.3 1 3 1 3 0
215 43569 Apr 14, 2019
Open
14 14
44.6
 
85 3 17.4 2 4 4 3 1
216 38412 Mar 1, 2005
Open
10 10
44.5
 
68 10 21.3 1 2 5 2 0
217 40969 Mar 1, 2012
Open
6 6
44.5
 
77 18 18.0 2 0 2 2 0
218 38055 Mar 9, 2004
Open
8 8
44.4
 
72 24 18.5 0 5 0 3 0
219 37453 Jul 16, 2002
Motown
10 10
44.3
 
77 7 13.6 2 2 3 3 0
220 41333 Feb 28, 2013
Open
10 10
44.3
 
78 16 20.7 1 3 5 1 0
221 41688 Feb 18, 2014
Open
10 10
43.9
 
74 7 20.3 2 1 5 2 0
222 42082 Mar 19, 2015
Songs from the Cinema
11 11
43.8
 
83 5 14.5 2 3 2 3 1
223 43570 Apr 15, 2019
Open
14 14
43.6
 
81 2 17.9 2 4 5 2 1
224 39869 Feb 25, 2009
Billboard Hot 100
12 12
43.6
 
84 4 19.8 2 4 3 2 1
225 40239 Mar 2, 2010
Billboard charts
10 10
43.4
 
70 15 20.4 1 3 3 3 0

[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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