American Idol (season 13)

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American Idol
Season 13
Broadcast from January 15, 2014 – May 21, 2014
Judges Jennifer Lopez
Keith Urban
Harry Connick, Jr.
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Finals venue Nokia Theatre Los Angeles
Winner:
Caleb Johnson
Origin Asheville, North Carolina
Song "As Long as You Love Me"
Genre(s) Rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Runner-up
Jena Irene
Chronology
2014

The thirteenth season of American Idol, styled as American Idol XIII, premiered on the Fox television network on January 15, 2014.[1] Ryan Seacrest returned as host for his thirteenth season. Keith Urban was the only judge from the twelfth season to return. Former judge Jennifer Lopez, who returned after one season absence, and Harry Connick, Jr. joined the judging panel following the departures of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

On May 21, Caleb Johnson was announced the winner of the season, with Jena Irene as runner-up.

Show changes[edit]

There were a number of other major changes in the season, from the judges to the format of the show itself including the opening intro, which now uses the "Gyroscope 2.0". On May 9, 2013, Randy Jackson announced that he would no longer serve as a judge.[2] On May 30, 2013, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj announced they would not return to the judging panel.[3][4] On August 1, 2013, it was confirmed that Keith Urban would return as a judge for another season.[5] Executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick were succeeded by Per Blankens, previously of Idol, the Swedish version of the Idols format.[6] On June 25, 2013, it was confirmed that producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager would join Blankens as executive producers of the show.[7] Bill DeRonde replaced Warwick as a director of the audition episodes, and Louis J. Horvitz also replaced Gregg Gelfand as a director of the show, who had been directing since the sixth season.[8] Fox television executive Mike Darnell who helped launch American Idol in 2002 left as programming head of Fox, and Fox Sports executive David Hill was hired to oversee the series.[9] Rickey Minor returned to the show as musical director after having left at the end of the ninth season to go to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[10]

In August 2013, Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart stated Lopez would be returning as an American Idol judge.[11] On August 22, 2013, it was reported that Jimmy Iovine would not return as the in-house mentor for this season, but he is to be replaced by former judge Randy Jackson.[12] On August 30, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Harry Connick, Jr. signed a deal to join the panel as the third judge and that Simon Fuller held a party the night before with all three judges on hand to toast the forthcoming announcement.[13] On September 3, 2013, Lopez and Connick Jr. were officially announced as judges for this season along with the confirmation of Jackson being the new mentor. Lopez is the first American Idol judge to return after leaving at the end of the eleventh season. It was also later reported that Idol alumni Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry would be assisting Jackson in mentoring the contestants.[14]

In a rules change from past seasons, semifinalists from the twelfth season (but not previous seasons) who were not in the top 10, nor on the tour, were eligible to return, provided they met all other requirements.[15] That rule will also apply to this season's semi-finalists and finalists who were not in this season's top 10 next season. This season the viewers may also vote for their favorite contestants via Google Search, bringing the total number of ways the viewers can vote to five (the other four methods were by phone, texting, supervote online on americanidol.com and with American Idol App on mobile devices), with the number of votes limited to 50 for each method of voting. This season AT&T ended their sponsorship and it is therefore possible to text-votes with other service providers.[16] Idol teamed up with Facebook to present "on-air visualizations" showing real-time East Coast voting developments, including live "demographic voting trends and relative contestant rankings".[17] Voting may also start as soon as the performance shows start this season, and real time vote rankings were shown while the show is still in progress, and each contestant were assigned the same telephone number all through the competition.

Regional auditions[edit]

Auditions took place in the following cities:[18]

Episode
air date
Audition city Date Audition venue Callback date Callback venue Tickets to Hollywood
January 15, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts August 2, 2013 Gillette Stadium September 3–4, 2013 Boston Marriot Copley Place[19] 25
Austin, Texas August 7, 2013 Frank Erwin Center September 25–26, 2013 Austin Convention Center [20] 35
January 16, 2014
San Francisco, California July 16, 2013 AT&T Park October 21–22, 2013 Westin St. Francis[21] 19
January 22, 2014 Detroit, Michigan July 21, 2013 Ford Field October 8–9, 2013 Book-Cadillac Hotel[22] 40
January 23, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia July 26, 2013 Gwinnett Center October 29–30, 2013 W Atlanta Midtown[23] 44
January 29, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah July 11, 2013 EnergySolutions Arena October 2–3, 2013 Marriott Hotel at City Creek[24] 30
January 30, 2014 Omaha, Nebraska August 11, 2013 CenturyLink Center October 13–14, 2013 CenturyLink Center Omaha[25] 21
Total number of tickets to Hollywood 212

In addition, special audition bus tours were held in Little Rock, Arkansas; Oxford, Mississippi; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[26][27] Those chosen proceeded on to Salt Lake City to audition in front of the judges.

An auditioner this season was Tristen Langley, son of first season's third-placed finalist Nikki McKibbin, who made history as the first of the second-generation contestants on American Idol.[28] He was eliminated in the "Hollywood or Home" round.

Hollywood rounds[edit]

A special "Hollywood or Home" round was introduced this season whereby contestants were eliminated soon after they have landed in LAX airport before they even reached Hollywood. 52 contestants the judges were uncertain of performed solo in an airplane hangar, and 32 were sent back to the airport.[29] The 160 contestants left then proceeded on to Hollywood and performed solo in the Dolby Theatre in groups of ten. After this round, 104 contestants remained where they performed in groups of three or four. 77 contestants went through to a further solo round.

The Hollywood rounds ended with a Top 30 being announced on February 12 and 13, 2014. However, a new twist was added and the judges chose only 15 girls and 14 boys, with the "15th boy" to be chosen by the voting public. The options were Ben Briley or Neco Starr. The result of the vote and the name of the public's choice to complete the Top 30 was announced on February 18. And it was Ben Briley who had made into the Top 30.[citation needed]

Semi-finalists[edit]

The following is a list of Top 30 semi-finalists who were not selected to perform:

Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Andrina Brogden 19 Fargo, North Dakota Omaha, Nebraska
Kenzie Hall 17 Draper, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Jillian Jensen 21 Rochester, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
Brandy Neelly 19 Louisville, Kentucky Detroit, Michigan
Austin Wolfe 16 Park City, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Jordan Brisbane 16 Savannah, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Ethan Harris 20 Garrattsville, New York Detroit, Michigan
Briston Maroney 16 Knoxville, Tennessee Salt Lake City, Utah
Casey Thrasher 22 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Salt Lake City, Utah
Maurice Townsend 26 Grand Rapids, Michigan Detroit, Michigan

The following is a list of Top 20 semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:

Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Bria Anai 16 Lithonia, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Briana Oakley 17 Antioch, California San Francisco, California
Marrialle Sellars 17 Indianapolis, Indiana Detroit, Michigan
Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Malcolm Allen 21 Wrightsville, Arkansas Austin, Texas
Spencer Lloyd 19 Bryant, Arkansas Austin, Texas
George Lovett 24 Baltimore, Maryland Atlanta, Georgia
Emmanuel Zidor 24 Miami, Florida San Francisco, California

The aforementioned contestants and three finalists outside of the top 10 will be eligible to audition for the fourteenth season.

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals round started on February 18. The three-day event on February 18, 19 and 20 was marketed as "Rush Week". Below are the two semi-final groups (females and males) with contestants listed in their performance order. The top five males and top five females, along with the three wild card choices by the judges, advanced to the finals. In a series first, the judges eliminated five of each gender before they even had a chance to perform in front of the live studio audience. The females started the semifinal round, and the males continued on following night's episode, and the contestants will perform songs of their choice (there was no particular theme).[30]

Females[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Majesty Rose "Happy" Advanced
2 Kristen O'Connor "Turning Tables" Wild Card
3 Briana Oakley "Warrior" Eliminated
4 Jena Irene "Paint It Black" Wild Card
5 Bria Anai "Wrong Side of a Love Song" Wild Card
6 Marrialle Sellars "Roar" Eliminated
7 Jessica Meuse "Drink a Beer" Advanced
8 Emily Piriz "Paris (Ooh La La)" Advanced
9 MK Nobilette "All of Me" Advanced
10 Malaya Watson "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)" Advanced
  • Eliminated: Andrina Brogden, Austin Wolfe, Brandy Neelly, Jillian Jensen, Kenzie Hall

Males[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Stay with Me" Advanced
2 CJ Harris "Shelter" Wild Card
3 Emmanuel Zidor "Best of My Love" Eliminated
4 Sam Woolf "Babylon" Advanced
5 George Lovett "Grenade" Eliminated
6 Dexter Roberts "This Ole Boy" Advanced
7 Alex Preston "Volcano" Advanced
8 Malcolm Allen "Comin' from Where I'm From" Eliminated
9 Ben Briley "Soulshine" Advanced
10 Spencer Lloyd "Love Don't Die" Wild Card
  • Eliminated: Briston Maroney, Casey Thrasher, Ethan Harris, Jordan Brisbane, Maurice Townsend

Wild Card round[edit]

Following those ten singers advancing on Thursday, February 20, five of the remaining ten semi-finalists were selected by the judges to compete in the Wild Card round. The Wild Card round immediately began, following the announcement of the ten finalists. Following another performance by each Wild Card contender, the judges then selected three contestants to advance to the final group of 13.[31] For their performances, the contestants prepared to reprise their third round Hollywood solos for consideration. Jena Irene and Spencer Lloyd each performed their own, respective original songs.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 C.J. Harris "Bring It On Home to Me" Advanced
2 Jena Irene "Unbreakable Me" Advanced
3 Spencer Lloyd "Ordinary Girl" Eliminated
4 Bria Anai "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Eliminated
5 Kristen O'Connor "Unconditionally" Advanced

Finalists[edit]

Caleb Johnson (born April 23, 1991)[32] is from Asheville, North Carolina. He previously auditioned in the tenth and eleventh seasons, but he was cut off during the selection of top 25. He auditioned in Atlanta where he performed an original song "Into the Void". In the Hollywood round he first performed "Sympathy for the Devil", followed a performance of "Too Close" in a group which included CJ Harris, and "Radioactive" for the last solo. He was announced as the winner on May 21, 2014. Johnson is the second returning contestant to win Idol after Candice Glover in the previous season.

Jena Irene (born July 13, 1996)[33] is from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She auditioned in Detroit with Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". She performed "Video Games" during the Hollywood for the first solo, Alex Clare's "Too Close" for the group round, and her own composition "Unbreakable Me" for the Final Judgement. She cites Paramore and Incubus as her greatest musical influences.[34] She is the first female Wild Card contestant and the second Wild Card contestant after Clay Aiken in the second season to have made it to the Grand Finale. She was announced as the runner-up on May 21, 2014.

Alex Preston (born May 6, 1993)[35] is from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. He performed an original song "Fairytales" for his audition. During Hollywood week, he performed "Scream and Shout" for the first solo, and his own composition "Fairytales" for the final solo. He was eliminated on May 15, 2014, and came in third place. Prior to his elimination, Preston had never been in the bottom 3 or in the bottom 2 before.

Jessica Meuse (born October 19, 1990 in Round Rock, Texas)[36][37] is from Slapout, Alabama. She auditioned in Atlanta singing one of her own songs, "Blue-Eyed Lie". She reprised the song for the top 8 and sung another original, "Done", during Hollywood Week. Prior to auditioning she had written over sixty original songs and self-released a debut album, called "What's So Hard About Bein' a Man", in 2011. She was eliminated on May 8, 2014, and came in fourth place.

Sam Woolf (born April 19, 1996)[38] is from Bradenton, Florida. He auditioned in Boston, singing "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran. He sang "Waiting on the World to Change" on the first round in Hollywood, and his original composition entitled "I Tried" in the final solo of the Hollywood Round. He was saved from elimination by the judges after receiving the lowest number of votes in the top eight round. He was eliminated on May 1, 2014, and came in fifth place.

CJ Harris (born January 28, 1991)[39] is from Jasper, Alabama. He auditioned in Salt Lake City, where he sang "Soulshine". He performed "Trouble" in the first Hollywood round, and was in a group with fellow finalist Caleb Johnson, performing the Alex Clare song "Too Close". For the final solo he performed "Bring It On Home to Me", however, he was asked to perform again in the Final Judgement to compete against Casey Thrasher, and chose to sing "Whipping Post". He was eliminated on April 24, 2014, and came in sixth place.

Dexter Roberts (born July 12, 1991)[40] is from Fayette, Alabama. He performed "Drive" for his audition, and for the group round he was part of the group Backstreet Cowboys together with Casey Thrasher and fellow finalist Ben Briley, performing the song "I Want It That Way". For the final solo he performed an original song, "Farmer's Grandson". He was eliminated on April 17, 2014, and came in seventh place.

Malaya Watson (born September 24, 1997)[41] is from Southfield, Michigan. She is a tuba player of the marching band of Southfield High School. She auditioned in Detroit with Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way". In the first round in Hollywood, she sang "Brand New Me" by Alicia Keys. She performed "I Believe" in the final solo on Hollywood round. She cites her two grandfathers and her father as her personal musical influences. She described her style in singing from Sly Stone and Beyoncé.[42] She is the second youngest contestant in American Idol history that has reached the live show, next to tenth season contestant, Thia Megia. She was eliminated on April 10, 2014, and came in eighth place. She is the sixth contestant with Filipino descent who reached the finals, with her predecessors Camile Velasco, Jasmine Trias , Ramiele Malubay, Thia Megia and Jessica Sanchez.

Majesty Rose (born February 29, 1992)[43] is from Goldsboro, North Carolina. She auditioned in Atlanta, where she sang Coldplay's "Violet Hill". Prior on auditioning, she was a pre-school teacher and she graduated in Eastern Wayne High School on 2011. In Hollywood, she performed "1234" and "Stars". She was eliminated on March 27, 2014, and came in ninth place.

MK Nobilette (born August 20, 1993)[44] is from San Francisco, California. She auditioned in San Francisco with "If I Were Your Woman,"[45] and advanced to Hollywood, where she was one of many contestants who had to "sing for their lives," or get back on the plane home.[46] For the Hollywood rounds she chose an Allen Stone song for the a cappella round, which was not aired.[47] She performed "Royals in the group round. For her final Hollywood solo she did "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.[45] She is the first openly gay finalist to be publicly acknowledged on the show.[note 1] She was eliminated on March 20, 2014, and came in tenth place. She also did not appear or sing in the live finale, due to being ill at that time.

Ben Briley (born March 19, 1989)[48] is from Gallatin, Tennessee. He auditioned in Atlanta, singing "Arms of a Woman". He performed "Stars" in the final solo of the Hollywood Round, and was in a group called Backstreet Cowboys with fellow finalist Dexter Roberts, performing the Backstreet Boys song "I Want It That Way". Ben Briley and Neco Starr both appeared before the judges for the Final Judgement, however the judges could not decide who to choose, and sent both to a vote by fans, which was won by Briley. He was eliminated on March 13, 2014, and came in eleventh place.

Emily Piriz (born January 28, 1996)[49] is from Orlando, Florida. She auditioned in Atlanta, singing "Mamma Knows Best" by Jessie J. She sang "Nothing But the Water" on the first round in Hollywood. She performed "Stars" in the final solo of the Hollywood Round. Prior on joining this competition, she also auditioned in The X Factor USA. She cites Pink and Kelly Clarkson as her musical influences. She was eliminated on March 6, 2014, and came in twelfth place.

Kristen O'Connor (born April 19, 1989) is from Sebastian, Florida. She auditioned in Atlanta, singing "Good Morning Heartache". She performed "Treasure" in the Hollywood group rounds with her fellow finalist, Sam Woolf. She performed "Unconditionally" on the Hollywood Rounds. She cites Christina Aguilera and Jessie J as her musical influences. Prior on joining this competition, she was a nurse. She was eliminated on February 27, 2014, and came in thirteenth place. She is the fifth wild card finalist to be the eliminated first in the finals, with her predecessors Leah LaBelle, Jasmine Murray, Ashthon Jones and Jeremy Rosado.

Finals[edit]

In this season, there are 13 weeks of the finals and 13 finalists, with one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes. Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" is used as the send-off song played when a contestant is eliminated, using the eliminated contestant's version of the song. Former judge Randy Jackson replaced Jimmy Iovine as the weekly mentor to the contestants.[14]

Top 13 – This Is Me[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Dexter Roberts "Aw Naw" Safe
2 Malaya Watson "Runaway Baby" Bottom 3
3 Kristen O'Connor "Beautiful Disaster" Eliminated
4 Ben Briley "Folsom Prison Blues" Safe
5 C.J. Harris "Radio" Safe
6 MK Nobilette "Satisfaction" Bottom 3
7 Majesty Rose "Tightrope" Safe
8 Jena Irene "The Scientist" Safe
9 Alex Preston "A Beautiful Mess" Safe
10 Jessica Meuse "The Crow & the Butterfly" Safe
11 Emily Piriz "Glitter in the Air" Safe
12 Sam Woolf "Unwell" Safe
13 Caleb Johnson "Pressure and Time" Safe

Top 12 – Home[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Suddenly I See" Bottom 3
2 Alex Preston "I Don't Want to Be" Safe
3 Jessica Meuse "White Flag" Safe
4 Dexter Roberts "Lucky Man" Safe
5 Emily Piriz "Let's Get Loud" Eliminated
6 Caleb Johnson "Working Man" Safe
7 MK Nobilette "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Bottom 3
8 C.J. Harris "Waiting on the World to Change" Safe
9 Sam Woolf "Just One" Safe
10 Malaya Watson "Take Me to the King" Safe
11 Ben Briley "Turning Home" Safe
12 Majesty Rose "Fix You" Safe

Top 11 – Songs from the Cinema[edit]

Order Contestant Song Featured Movie Result
1 Sam Woolf "Come Together" Across the Universe Bottom 3
2 Jessica Meuse "The Sound of Silence" The Graduate Safe
3 C.J. Harris "Can't You See" Blow Safe
4 Dexter Roberts "Sweet Home Alabama" Forrest Gump Safe
5 Ben Briley "Bennie and the Jets" 27 Dresses Eliminated
6 Majesty Rose "Let It Go" Frozen Bottom 3
7 Caleb Johnson "Skyfall" Skyfall Safe
8 MK Nobilette "Make You Feel My Love" Hope Floats Safe
9 Alex Preston "Falling Slowly" Once Safe
10 Jena Irene "Decode" Twilight Safe
11 Malaya Watson "I Am Changing" Dreamgirls Safe

Top 10 – Billboard Top 10 Charts[edit]

The finalists picked songs from Top 10 Billboard charts from 2011 to 2014.[50] Starting this week, the studio versions of each contestant performance are available at iTunes.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 MK Nobilette "Fuckin' Perfect" Eliminated
2 Dexter Roberts "Cruise" Bottom 3
3 Jena Irene "Clarity" Safe
4 Alex Preston "Story of My Life" Safe
5 Malaya Watson "When I Was Your Man" Safe
6 Caleb Johnson "The Edge of Glory" Safe
7 C.J. Harris "Invisible" Safe
8 Jessica Meuse "Pumped Up Kicks" Safe
9 Majesty Rose "Wake Me Up" Bottom 3
10 Sam Woolf "We Are Young" Safe

Top 9 – (I'm with the) Band![edit]

The finalists performed as lead singer of the show's band, singing songs of their choice.[51]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Alex Preston "Don't Speak" Safe
2 Majesty Rose "Shake It Out" Eliminated
3 Dexter Roberts "Boondocks" Safe
4 Malaya Watson "The Long and Winding Road" Safe
5 Sam Woolf "Hey There Delilah" Bottom 3
6 Jessica Meuse "Rhiannon" Safe
7 C.J. Harris "If It Hadn't Been for Love" Bottom 3
8 Caleb Johnson "Dazed and Confused" Safe
9 Jena Irene "Bring Me to Life" Safe

Top 8 (first week) – Back to the Start[edit]

The finalists reprised the songs they performed when they first auditioned, with Jessica Meuse and Alex Preston each performing their own, respective original compositions.[52] They also performed duets for the first time this season.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jessica Meuse "Blue-Eyed Lie" Safe
2 C.J. Harris "Soulshine" Bottom 3
3 Jena Irene & Alex Preston "Just Give Me a Reason" N/A
4 Sam Woolf "Lego House" Saved
5 Caleb Johnson & Jessica Meuse "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" N/A
6 Malaya Watson "Ain't No Way" Bottom 3
7 Dexter Roberts "One Mississippi" Safe
8 Malaya Watson & Sam Woolf "Lucky" N/A
9 Jena Irene "Rolling in the Deep" Safe
10 C.J. Harris & Dexter Roberts "Alright" N/A
11 Caleb Johnson "Chain of Fools" Safe
12 Alex Preston "Fairytales" Safe

Top 8 (second week) – Songs from the 1980s[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Safe
2 Dexter Roberts "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" Safe
3 Sam Woolf & Alex Preston "The Girl Is Mine" N/A
4 Malaya Watson "Through the Fire" Eliminated
5 Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "It's Only Love" N/A
6 Jessica Meuse "Call Me" Safe
7 Sam Woolf "Time After Time" Safe
8 C.J. Harris & Malaya Watson "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" N/A
9 Alex Preston "Every Breath You Take" Safe
10 Jessica Meuse & Dexter Roberts "Islands in the Stream" N/A
11 C.J. Harris "Free Fallin'" Bottom 2
12 Caleb Johnson "Faithfully" Safe

Top 7 – Competitors' Choice[edit]

Every finalist chose a song for each remaining contestant, who then selected one song choice to perform. The songs used for the duets and trios were not a product of the theme.[53]

Order Contestant Song Competitor Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Family Tree" Alex Preston Safe
2 Jessica Meuse "Gunpowder & Lead" Sam Woolf Bottom 2
3 Alex Preston & Sam Woolf "Let Her Go" N/A N/A
4 C.J. Harris "Gravity" Caleb Johnson Safe
5 Dexter Roberts "Muckalee Creek Water" C.J. Harris Eliminated
6 Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "Gimme Shelter" N/A N/A
7 Alex Preston "The A Team" Dexter Roberts Safe
8 Sam Woolf "Sail Away" Jessica Meuse Safe
9 C.J. Harris, Jessica Meuse, & Dexter Roberts "Compass" N/A N/A
10 Jena Irene "Creep" Caleb Johnson Safe

Top 6 – Rock 'n' Roll / Country[edit]

For the first time in the competition, each finalist sang two songs each: one from the rock 'n' roll genre, and the other from the country genre.[54]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Barracuda" Safe
2 Sam Woolf "It's Time" Safe
3 C.J. Harris "American Woman" Eliminated
4 Alex Preston "Animal" Safe
5 Caleb Johnson "Sting Me" Safe
6 Jessica Meuse "Somebody to Love" Bottom 2
7 Sam Woolf "You're Still the One" Safe
8 Caleb Johnson "Undo It" Safe
9 Alex Preston "Always on My Mind" Safe
10 Jena Irene "So Small" Safe
11 C.J. Harris "Whatever It Is" Eliminated
12 Jessica Meuse "Jolene" Bottom 2

Top 5 – America's Choice[edit]

The finalists sang songs requested by the voting public.[55]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Alex Preston "Sweater Weather" Safe
2 Caleb Johnson "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
3 Jena Irene, Alex Preston, & Sam Woolf "Best Day of My Life" N/A
4 Jessica Meuse "Human" Safe
5 Sam Woolf "Sing" Eliminated
6 Jena Irene "My Body" Safe
7 Caleb Johnson & Jessica Meuse "Beast of Burden" N/A
8 Alex Preston "Say Something" Safe
9 Jena Irene "Valerie" Safe
10 Sam Woolf "How to Save a Life" Eliminated
11 Jessica Meuse "Summertime Sadness" Safe
12 Caleb Johnson "Still of the Night" Safe

On results night, the contestants were given the option to choose to have no one eliminated this week, but to eliminate two contestants the following week. In order for this to happen, the decision had to be unanimous after anonymous voting. Since two of the contestants (Jena Irene and Alex Preston) wanted to see an elimination happen this week, Sam Woolf was revealed to be the contestant with the lowest total of votes and was eliminated.

Top 4 – Love: Break-Ups, Dedications, and Make-Ups[edit]

The finalists sang three rounds of songs about love: the first dealing with break-ups, the second dealing with personal dedications to others, and the third dealing with make-ups.[56]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "You Give Love a Bad Name" Safe
2 Jessica Meuse "Since U Been Gone" Eliminated
3 Alex Preston "Too Close" Safe
4 Jena Irene "Heartbreaker" Safe
5 Caleb Johnson "Travelin Band" Safe
6 Jessica Meuse "So What" Eliminated
7 Jena Irene "Bad Romance" Safe
8 Alex Preston "I'm Yours" Safe
9 Caleb Johnson "Maybe I'm Amazed" Safe
10 Jessica Meuse "You and I" Eliminated
11 Jena Irene "Can't Help Falling in Love" Safe
12 Alex Preston "Yellow" Safe

Top 3 – Randy Jackson's Choice / Judges' Choice / Hometown's Choice[edit]

The finalists sang two new songs chosen by the judges and in-house mentor Randy Jackson; the third was a reprisal of a previous performance, selected by the finalists' hometowns.[57] Also, the performance show marked the series' 500th episode overall.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Never Tear Us Apart" Safe
2 Alex Preston "Pompeii" Eliminated
3 Jena Irene "Titanium" Safe
4 Caleb Johnson "Demons" Safe
5 Alex Preston "Stay" Eliminated
6 Jena Irene "Heart Attack" Safe
7 Caleb Johnson "Dazed and Confused" Safe
8 Alex Preston "Story of My Life" Eliminated
9 Jena Irene "Creep" Safe

Top 2 – Simon Fuller's Choice / Favorite Performance / Winner's Single[edit]

This week, the final two contestants sang a song chosen by the show's creator, a song from their previous appearance on the show this season, and a coronation song for the winner.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Dog Days Are Over" Runner-up
2 Caleb Johnson "Dream On" Winner
3 Jena Irene "Can't Help Falling in Love" Runner-up
4 Caleb Johnson "Maybe I'm Amazed" Winner
5 Jena Irene "We Are One" Runner-up
6 Caleb Johnson "As Long as You Love Me" Winner

Elimination chart[edit]

Females Males Top 20 Top 13 Wild Card Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Judges' Save
Stage: Semi-Finals Wild Card Finals
Week: 2/20 2/27 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 4/31 4/10 4/17 4/24 5/12 5/8 5/15 5/21
Place Contestant Result
1 Caleb Johnson Top 13 Winner
2 Jena Irene Wild Card Top 13 Bottom 3 Runner-up
3 Alex Preston Top 13 Elim
4 Jessica Meuse Top 13 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Sam Woolf Top 13 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Saved Elim
6 C.J. Harris Wild Card Top 13 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
7 Dexter Roberts Top 13 Bottom 3 Elim
8 Malaya Watson Top 13 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Majesty Rose Top 13 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
10 MK Nobilette Top 13 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
11 Ben Briley Top 13 Elim
12 Emily Piriz Top 13 Elim
13 Kristen O'Connor Wild Card Top 13 Elim
14–15 Bria Anai Wild Card Elim
Spencer Lloyd Wild Card
16–20 Malcolm Allen Elim
George Lovett
Briana Oakley
Marrialle Sellars
Emmanuel Zidor
  • ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one 'Judges' Save' per season, in order to save Woolf, the 'Top 8' remained intact for another week, and no one was eliminated at the end of the show on April 3.
  • ^Note 2 During the 'Top 5' results show the remaining contestants were given the option by each taking an anonymous vote to either go by America's votes and send only one person home or if all votes were "yes" the 'Top 5' will remain intact for one more week and two contestants go home next week. The votes ended with two out of the five voting no. Without revealing the bottom 2 Ryan announced that Sam Woolf had received the lowest amount of votes and was eliminated.

Results show performances[edit]

Week Performer(s) Title Hot 100 reaction Digital sales reaction Performance type
Top 13 Candice Glover[58] "Cried" / "Same Kinda Man" did not chart live
Jake Bugg[58] "Me & You" did not chart live
Top 12 Phillip Phillips "Raging Fire" 58 (debut) 74,000 (debut)[59] live
Kodaline "All I Want" did not chart 13,000 (+885%)[59] live
Top 11 Harry Connick, Jr. "One Fine Thing" / "Come by Me" did not chart live
Mali Music "Beautiful" 13 (Bubbling Under)[60] live
Top 10 Jennifer Lopez featuring Allison Iraheta, Jessica Sanchez, Pia Toscano & French Montana "I Luh Ya Papi" 77(+21)[61] 27,710 (+89%) pre-recorded
Royal Teeth "Wild" did not chart live
Top 9 Janelle Monáe "What is Love?" did not chart live
Top 8
Week 1
Daughtry "Waiting for Superman" did not chart live
Top 5 Keith Urban "Good Thing" 9,000 (+ >8,000)[62] live
Top 3 Scotty McCreery[63] "Feelin' It" 7,700[64]
Top 2 American Idol Top 13 (minus MK Nobilette) "Breakaway" unreleased live
Finale Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "We Will Rock You" / "Just a Girl" / "It's Only Love" unreleased live
Phillip Phillips & Sam Woolf "Home" / "Raging Fire" unreleased live
Jennifer Nettles & Jessica Meuse "That Girl" / "Wrecking Ball" unreleased live
Jennifer Lopez "First Love" live
Kiss & Caleb Johnson "Love Gun" / "Shout It Out Loud" unreleased live
Aloe Blacc & American Idol Boys "The Man" unreleased live
Demi Lovato & American Idol Girls (minus MK Nobilette) "Really Don't Care" / "Neon Lights" unreleased live
Jena Irene "Decode" unreleased live
Paramore & Jena Irene "Ain't It Fun" unreleased live
John Legend "You & I (Nobody in the World)" live
John Legend & Malaya Watson "All of Me" unreleased live
Jason Mraz & Alex Preston "Love Someone" unreleased live
Richard Marx & Ryan Seacrest "Right Here Waiting" unreleased live
Darius Rucker "True Believers" live
Darius Rucker, CJ Harris & Dexter Roberts "Alright" unreleased live
Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "Need You Now" unreleased live
Lady Antebellum "Bartender" 78 (debut) 51,000 (debut)[65] live
Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez & Keith Urban "True Colors" / "Go Your Own Way" unreleased live
Caleb Johnson "As Long as You Love Me" did not chart 10,000 (debut)[66] live

Controversies[edit]

Caleb Johnson comment[edit]

During his interview with AfterBuzz TV following the Top 5 elimination show, Caleb Johnson made offensive remarks about his fans who tweet him song suggestions.[67][68] "[Twitter] gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me," Caleb said. "I don't really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I have to sing. I think at this point of the competition, I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me. I don't need 10,000 people saying, 'You should sing this, you should sing that. Listen to me!' Fortunately, guys, I'm going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not." [69][70]

His comment has been described as "arrogant", with some fans turning against him.[71][72] After his fans expressed outrage on Twitter, Caleb issued an apology on his Facebook page.[73] "For the record that juvenile comment I made in the interview was not directed towards my fans but to the wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me! You guys are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Sorry if it offended anybody it was the wrong choice of words. Also I greatly appreciate it when you guys give me song suggestions but it gets really overwhelming at the volume it comes in so please understand ! Rock on !:)" [74]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Harry Connick Jr. was lauded for his performance as a judge. USA Today, Rolling Stone, and MTV all claimed that he "stole the spotlight" during the season premiere with his humor and knowledgeable feedback.[75][76][77] Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online suggested that Connick Jr. could save the struggling show. She called him better than Simon Cowell, writing that while he is "brutally honest", he also shows heart.[78] Robert Rorke of the New York Post wrote that Connick Jr. was unlikely to "save" American Idol, but also wrote that he made the show watchable again by bringing class and keeping the focus on the contestants.[79]

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode list
No. Episode Air date Ratings/Share
households
Rating/Share
18–49
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly
rank
Ref.
1 "It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day!" January 15 8.7 / 14 4.7 / 13 15.19 5 [80][81][82]
2 "The Auditions Head West" January 16 7.5 / 12 3.9 / 12 13.35 6 [82][83][84]
3 "Do It For Detroit!" January 22 7.8 / 12 4.0 / 11 13.29 4 [85][86][87]
4 "Just Peachy!" January 23 7.2 / 11 3.4 / 10 12.39 6 [87][88][89]
5 "Be-UTAH-ful" January 29 7.3 / 11 3.8 / 10 12.73 8 [90][91][92]
6 "OMG! Omaha!" January 30 6.6 / 10 3.2 / 9 11.42 11 [92][93][94]
7 "Hollywood or Home: An Idol Cliff 'Hangar'" February 5 8.0 / 12 3.9 / 11 13.43 9 [95][96][97]
8 "Hollywood Week: Group Love" February 6 6.5 / 10 3.1 / 9 11.08 13 [97][98][99]
9 "Hollywood Week: Final Judgment" February 12 6.7 / 10 3.4 / 10 11.67 9 [100][101][102]
10 "A Hollywood Ending" February 13 5.8 / 9 3.0 / 9 10.18 10 [102][103][104]
11 "Rush Week: Girls' Night" February 18 5.9 / 9 2.7 / 8 9.73 11 [105][106][107]
12 "Rush Week: Guys' Night" February 19 6.0 / 9 2.6 / 8 9.95 14 [107][108][109]
13 "Rush Week: Meet Your Finalists" February 20 5.7 / 9 2.4 / 8 9.36 15 [107][110][111]
14 "The Top 13: This Is Me" February 26 6.6 / 10 2.7 / 8 10.78 14 [112][113][114]
15 "The Top 13 Results: Down to a Dozen" February 27 5.9 / 9 2.4 / 7 10.01 17 [114][115][116]
16 "The Top 12: Home" March 5 6.4 / 10 2.7 / 8 10.53 13 [117][118][119]
17 "The Top 12 Results: Eleven Alive" March 6 6.1 / 10 2.2 / 7 9.76 17 [119][120][121]
18 "The Top 11: Songs from the Cinema" March 12 6.2 / 10 2.4 / 7 10.27 12 [122][123][124]
19 "The Top 11 Results" March 13 5.4 / 9 2.2 / 6 8.86 21 [124][125][126]
20 "The Top 10: Billboard Top 10 Charts" March 19 6.0 / 10 2.2 / 7 9.83 13 [127][128][129]
21 "The Top 10 Results" March 20 5.1 / 8 2.0 / 6 8.41 22 [129][130][131]
22 "The Top 9" March 26 5.6 / 9 2.2 / 7 9.33 15 [132][133][134]
23 "The Top 9 Results" March 27 4.9 / 8 1.9 / 6 7.98 24 [134][135][136]
24 "The Top 8" April 2 5.6 / 9 2.1 / 6 8.89 21 [137][138][139]
25 "The Top 8 Results" April 3 4.9 / 8 1.7 / 5 7.72 25 [139][140][141]
26 "Top 8 Redux" April 9 5.4 / 9 2.0 / 7 8.90 18 [142][143][144]
27 "Top 8 Redux Results" April 10 4.7 / 8 1.8 / 5 7.63 23 [144][145][146]
28 "The Top 7" April 16 5.2 / 8 1.9 / 6 8.53 14 [147][148][149]
29 "Top 7 Results" April 17 4.9 / 8 1.9 / 6 7.97 15 [149][150][151]
30 "The Top 6" April 23 5.4 / 9 2.1 / 7 9.02 17 [152][153][154]
31 "Top 6 Results" April 24 4.7 / 8 1.8 / 5 7.68 24 [154][155][156]
32 "The Top 5" April 30 5.2 / 8 1.9 / 6 8.79 19 [157][158][159]
33 "Top 5 Results" May 1 4.3 / 7 1.5 / 5 7.03 >25 [159][160][161]
34 "The Top 4" May 7 4.9 / 8 1.8 / 6 7.97 22 [162][163][164]
35 "Top 4 Results" May 8 4.5 / 7 1.6 / 5 7.18 >25 [165][166][164]
36 "The Top 3" May 14 5.4 / 9 2.1 / 6 8.93 19 [167][168][169]
37 "Top 3 Results" May 15 5.2 / 8 2.0 / 6 8.67 21 [170][171][169]
38 "The Final 2" May 20 4.0 / 7 1.7 / 6 6.76 [172][173]
39 "Finale" May 21 6.1 / 10 2.6 / 9 10.53 [174][175]

DVR ratings[edit]

Episode list
No. Episode Air date DVR 18–49 Total 18–49 DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref.
1 "Auditions #1" January 15 0.7 5.4 2.585 17.773 [176][177]
2 "Auditions #2" January 16 N/A N/A N/A N/A [177]
3 "Auditions #3" January 22 0.8 4.8 2.120 15.407 [178]
4 "Auditions #4" January 23 1.0 4.4 2.479 14.870 [178]
5 "Auditions #5" January 29 0.8 4.6 1.967 14.698 [179]
6 "Auditions #6" January 30 0.8 4.0 1.888 13.312 [179]
7 "Hollywood or Home" February 5 0.9 4.8 2.240 15.668 [180]
8 "Hollywood Group Round" February 6 0.9 4.0 2.268 13.346 [180]
9 "Hollywood Round, Top 30 reveal Part #1" February 12 0.8 4.2 1.864 13.539 [181]
10 "Hollywood Round, Top 30 reveal Part #2" February 13 0.8 3.8 1.874 12.058 [181]
11 "Rush Week: Girls' Night" February 19 N/A N/A N/A N/A [182]
12 "Rush Week: Guys' Night" February 20 0.7 3.3 1.763 11.715 [182]
13 "Rush Week: Meet Your Finalists" February 21 0.6 3.0 1.592 10.947 [182]
14 "The Top 13: This Is Me" February 26 N/A N/A N/A N/A [183]
15 "The Top 13 Results: Down to a Dozen" February 27 N/A N/A N/A N/A [183]
16 "The Top 12: Home" March 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A [184]
17 "The Top 12 Results: Eleven Alive" March 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A [184]
18 "The Top 11: Songs from the Cinema" March 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A [185]
19 "The Top 11 Results" March 13 N/A N/A N/A N/A [185]
20 "The Top 10: Billboard Top 10 Charts" March 19 N/A N/A N/A N/A [186]
21 "The Top 10 Results" March 20 N/A N/A N/A N/A [186]
22 "The Top 9" March 26
23 "The Top 9 Results" March 27

Notes[edit]

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  116. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 28). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Scandal', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'American Idol' & 'Parks & Recreation' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  117. ^ Rick Porter (March 6). "TV ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Modern Family' rise Wednesday, 'Arrow' slips". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  118. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 6). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'Mixology' & 'Nashville' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 6.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  119. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 24 With Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  120. ^ Rick Porter (March 7). "TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' rises Thursday but 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' fall". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  121. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 7). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland', 'Parks and Recreation' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' & 'Two and a Half Men' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 7.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  122. ^ Rick Porter (March 13). "TV ratings: 'Survivor' beats 'American Idol' head-to-head Wednesday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  123. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 13). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'Suburgatory' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  124. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (March 18). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 25 With Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  125. ^ Terri Schwartz (March 14). "TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' tops night, 'American Idol' down in time slot change". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  126. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 14). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Parks and Recreation' & 'Scandal' Adjusted Up; 'Reign', 'The Crazy Ones', 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 14.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  127. ^ Rick Porter (March 20). "TV ratings: 'The 100' starts strong for The CW, 'Survivor' tops 'American Idol' Wednesday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  128. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 20). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The 100'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  129. ^ a b Amanda Kondolojy (March 28). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Voice' Tops Week 26 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' Leads Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  130. ^ "TV ratings: 'Scandal' leads Thursday as 'American Idol' and NCAA tournament fall". Zap2it. March 21.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  131. ^ Sara Bibel (March 21). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries', 'American Idol', 'Hell's Kitchen' & 'Parenthood' Adjusted Up Plus Final NCAA Tournament Numbers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  132. ^ Andrea Reiher (March 27). "TV ratings: 'Survivor' beats 'American Idol' again; 'Mixology' up, 'The 100' dips slightly". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  133. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 27). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Modern Family' & 'Suburgatory' Adjusted Up; 'Mixology' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 27.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  134. ^ a b Sara Bibel (April 1). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Voice' Tops Week 27 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' Leads Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  135. ^ Andrea Reiher (March 28). "TV ratings: 'Surviving Jack' premiere soft; CBS wins with Sweet 16 NCAA games". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  136. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 28). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland', 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'Grey's Anatomy Adjusted Up + Final NCAA Basketball Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 28.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  137. ^ Rick Porter (April 3). "TV ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Criminal Minds' each beat 'American Idol' Wednesday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  138. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 3). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'The Middle', 'Suburgatory', 'Modern Family' & 'Criminal Minds' Adjusted Up; 'CSI' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 3.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  139. ^ a b Sara Bibel (April 8). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'How I Met Your Mother' Tops Week 28 With Adults 18-49; 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  140. ^ Rick Porter (April 4). "TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'The Millers' drive CBS to victory Thursday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  141. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 4). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Scandal' & 'Hell's Kitchen' Adjusted Up; 'American Idol', 'The Millers', 'The Crazy Ones' & 'Elementary' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 5.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  142. ^ Rick Porter (April 10). "TV ratings: 'Survivor' leads CBS sweep Wednesday as 'American Idol' holds steady". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  143. ^ Amanda Kondolojy (April 10). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Law and Order: SVU' & 'Mixology' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The 100'". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  144. ^ a b Sara Bibel (April 15). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: NCAA Basketball Championship Tops Week 29 With Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  145. ^ "TV ratings: 'Scandal' rises Thursday, 'Big Bang Theory' down but still dominant". Zap2it. April 11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  146. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 11). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Community', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Shark Tank', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' & 'Elementary ' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 11.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  147. ^ "TV ratings: 'Survivor' and 'American Idol' lead a rerun-heavy Wednesday". Zap2it. April 17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  148. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 18). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 18.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  149. ^ a b "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Scandal' & 'The Voice' Top Week 30 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' Leads Total Viewers". Zap2it. April 22.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  150. ^ "TV ratings: 'Scandal' goes out on a high note, 'Community' and 'Parenthood' finales rise". Zap2it. April 18.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  151. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 17). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; 'The 100' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 18.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  152. ^ "TV ratings: 'American Idol' improves Wednesday, 'Modern Family' tops 18-49 demo". Zap2it. April 24.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  153. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 24). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'The Middle', 'Suburgatory' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 24.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  154. ^ a b Sara Bibel (April 22). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 31 With Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  155. ^ "TV ratings: 'Bad Teacher' has a decent start for CBS, 'Black Box' so-so for ABC". Zap2it. April 25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  156. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 25). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 25.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  157. ^ Rick Porter (May 2). "TV ratings: 'Modern Family' tumbles Wednesday, 'Chicago PD' gets a boost". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  158. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 1). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'American Idol' & 'Suburgatory' Adjusted Up; 'Revolution' & 'CSI' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 1.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  159. ^ a b Amanda Kondolojy (May 6). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 32 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' With Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  160. ^ Rick Porter (May 2). "TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' up Thursday but 'Black Box' and 'Bad Teacher' slip". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  161. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 2). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' & 'Bad Teacher' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 2.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  162. ^ Rick Porter (May 8). "TV ratings: 'Survivor' and 'CSI' finale up Wednesday, 'SVU' and 'Arrow' drop". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  163. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'Arrow', 'American Idol', 'Modern Family', 'Law & Order: SVU' & 'Suburgatory' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  164. ^ a b Sara Bibel (May 13). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 33 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' With Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  165. ^ Rick Porter (May 9). "TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' hits season low but tops a soft Thursday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  166. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Black Box' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  167. ^ Rick Porter (May 15). "TV ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Modern Family' and 'Criminal Minds' finale all up Wednesday". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  168. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 15). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Revolution', 'Arrow', 'Survivor', 'Suburgatory', 'Modern Family' & 'Law & Order: SVU' Adjusted Up; 'Chicago P.D.' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 15.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  169. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (May 20). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 34 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' With Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  170. ^ Rick Porter (May 16). "TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' finale dominates Thursday, 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Idol' up". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  171. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 16). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'Reign' & 'The Millers' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 16.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  172. ^ Rick Porter (May 21). "TV ratings: 'The Voice' finale tops 'DWTS' Tuesday, 'I Wanna Marry Harry' tanks". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  173. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 21). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars: Road to the Finals' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  174. ^ Rick Porter (May 22). "TV ratings: 'Modern Family' finale leads Wednesday, 'American Idol' has lowest finale ever". Zap2it.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  175. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 22). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'The Middle' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; 'Survivor' Reunion Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  176. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 20). "Live + 3 Ratings: 'American Idol' Premiere Draws Higher Percentage Gains, Narrows Gap Vs. Last Year". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 3.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  177. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (February 3). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Modern Family' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, 'Beauty & the Beast' Tops Percentage Gains & 'The Blacklist' Leads in Total Viewer Increase in Week 17". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 3.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  178. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (February 10). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Modern Family' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, 'The Blacklist' Tops Percentage & Total Viewer Increase in Week 18". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 10.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  179. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (February 18). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, 'Beauty and the Beast' Tops Percentage Gain & 'The Blacklist' Has Largest Total Viewer Increase in Week 19". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 18.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  180. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (February 24). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain & Total Viewer Increase + 'Nashville' Tops Percentage Gain in Week 20". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 24.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  181. ^ a b "Live+7 DVR Ratings: ‘The Following’ Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, ‘Hart of Dixie’ Tops Percentage Gain & ‘Intelligence’ Adds Most Total Viewers in Week 21 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
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  183. ^ a b "Live+7 DVR Ratings: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, ‘Parenthood’ Tops Percentage Gain & ‘The Blacklist’ Adds Most Total Viewers in Week 23 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
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