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Broadcast from January 6 (2016-01-06) – April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07)
Judges
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Finals venue Dolby Theatre
Trent Harmon
Origin Amory, Mississippi
Song "Falling"
Genre(s) Pop, Country
La'Porsha Renae

The fifteenth season of American Idol, also branded as American Idol: The Farewell Season,[1][2] premiered on the Fox television network on January 6, 2016. Ryan Seacrest continued as the show's host, while Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. returned as judges. This season was four to six weeks shorter than seasons 2 through 14. On April 7, Trent Harmon was announced as the season's winner and La'Porsha Renae was the runner-up. Harmon was the third consecutive winner to never be in the bottom two or three and the eighth male winner to win in nine years.

This season was originally planned to be the final season, however it was announced in May 2017 that the series would be revived on ABC.[3]

Contents

Regional auditionsEdit

Auditions took place in:[4][5]

Date of airing City Audition date Venue Callback date Callback venue
January 6, 2016 Denver, Colorado July 10, 2015 Denver Coliseum September 26–27, 2015 Denver Convention Center[6]
January 6, 2016 Savannah, Georgia July 22, 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena September 13–14, 2015 W Midtown Hotel, Atlanta[7]
January 7, 2016 Little Rock, Arkansas August 8, 2015 Verizon Arena August 22–23, 2015 Statehouse Convention Center[8]
January 7, 2016 San Francisco, California September 15, 2015 Cow Palace October 10–11, 2015 Westin St. Francis[9]
January 13, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 2, 2015 Liacouras Center August 15–16, 2015 Pennsylvania Convention Center[10]
January 14, 2016 Bus tour – various citiesA July 9–21, 2015 Various

^Note A The American Idol "Audition Bus Tour" visited Seattle, Washington; Providence, Rhode Island; Baltimore, Maryland; San Diego, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Athens, Georgia; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Oxford, Mississippi.[4] Auditions were also held in Wilmington, North Carolina.[11] The show also partnered with two technology companies to allow people to audition using video recording kiosks and mobile apps in Culver City, California, and Nashville, Tennessee.[citation needed]

Kanye West made a surprise appearance as an auditioner in San Francisco, where he performed "Gold Digger".[12]

Hollywood weekEdit

The Hollywood rounds aired in four parts over two weeks. Contestants participated in three rounds: lines of 10, groups, and solos.

Show changesEdit

For the first time, performances by the Top 24 were judged solely by the show's judges and producers, who determined which contestants were eliminated. From each group of 12, seven advanced and five were eliminated, resulting in a Top 14 for the third week of the semi-finals.[citation needed]

The voting limit for this season was 10 votes per contestant per voting method, half of what it was the previous season.[citation needed]

Semi-finalistsEdit

The following is a list of the Top 24 contestants who were eliminated:

Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
James VIII 23 Provo, Utah Denver, Colorado
C.J. Johnson 28 Memphis, Tennessee Little Rock, Arkansas
Adam Lasher 28 Danville, California San Francisco, California
Jordan Sasser 27 Raleigh, North Carolina Atlanta, Georgia
Kory Wheeler 27 Jamestown, Tennessee Atlanta, Georgia
Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Emily Brooke 17 Wellington, Florida Atlanta, Georgia
Amelia Eisenhauer 16 Nashville, Tennessee Atlanta, Georgia
Stephany Negrete 21 El Cajon, California San Francisco, California
Jenna Renae 23 Williamson, New York Atlanta, Georgia
Shelbie Z 23 Sumiton, Alabama Denver, Colorado

The following is a list of the Top 14 contestants who were eliminated:

Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Thomas Stringfellow 17 Bentonville, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas
Manny Torres 20 Flushing, Michigan San Francisco, California
Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Jenn Blosil 23 Orem, Utah Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jeneve Rose Mitchell 16 Crawford, Colorado Denver, Colorado

Semi-finalsEdit

The Top 24 semifinalists will be split into two groups of twelve. Pre-taped performances of the first group will air on February 10 and the second group on February 17. On the following day each week, pre-taped performances of each contestant performing a duet with a past Idol contender will air, as will the judges selection of seven contestants from each group to advance to the Top 14.[13][14] The past contestants for group one were season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, and last season's winner Nick Fradiani. The past contestants for group two were season 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis, season 5 finalists Chris Daughtry and Kellie Pickler, season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, season 7 winner David Cook, and season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart.

Group 1Edit

Date of airing Order Contestant Song Duet partner Result
February 10, 2016 1 Stephany Negrete "Mamma Knows Best" N/A Eliminated
2 MacKenzie Bourg "Say Something" N/A Wild Card
3 Jeneve Rose Mitchell "Angel" N/A Wild Card
4 Jenna Renae "My Church" N/A Eliminated
5 James VIII "Love Lockdown" N/A Eliminated
6 Sonika Vaid "Safe & Sound" N/A Wild Card
7 Gianna Isabella "I Put a Spell on You" N/A Wild Card
8 Emily Brooke "I Am Invincible" N/A Eliminated
9 Avalon Young "Love Yourself" N/A Wild Card
10 Jordan Sasser "All by Myself" N/A Eliminated
11 Thomas Stringfellow "Creep" N/A Wild Card
12 La'Porsha Renae "Proud Mary" N/A Advanced
February 11, 2016 1 Emily Brooke "Flat on the Floor" Lauren Alaina Eliminated
2 Thomas Stringfellow "Man in the Mirror" Nick Fradiani Wild Card
3 Stephany Negrete "Superstar" Ruben Studdard Eliminated
4 Sonika Vaid "Skyfall" Caleb Johnson Wild Card
5 Jenna Renae "See You Tonight" Scotty McCreery Eliminated
6 La'Porsha Renae "Summertime" Fantasia Advanced
7 MacKenzie Bourg "I Hope You Dance" Lauren Alaina Wild Card
8 Gianna Isabella "Beautiful Life" Nick Fradiani Wild Card
9 Avalon Young "Flying Without Wings" Ruben Studdard Wild Card
10 James VIII "Gimme Shelter" Caleb Johnson Eliminated
11 Jeneve Rose Mitchell "Gone" Scotty McCreery Wild Card
12 Jordan Sasser "I Believe" Fantasia Eliminated

Group 2Edit

Date of airing Order Contestant Song Duet partner Result
February 17, 2016 1 Shelbie Z "Work Hard, Play Harder" N/A Eliminated
2 Manny Torres "Adventure of a Lifetime" N/A Wild Card
3 Kory Wheeler "Let It Go" N/A Eliminated
4 Amelia Eisenhauer "Wake Me Up" N/A Eliminated
5 Jenn Blosil "Sorry" N/A Wild Card
6 C.J. Johnson "I'll Be" N/A Eliminated
7 Lee Jean "Runaway" N/A Wild Card
8 Trent Harmon "What Are You Listening To" N/A Advanced
9 Tristan McIntosh "Good Girl" N/A Wild Card
10 Adam Lasher "Black and Gold" N/A Eliminated
11 Dalton Rapattoni "Rebel Yell" N/A Advanced
12 Olivia Rox "Confident" N/A Advanced
February 18, 2016 1 Amelia Eisenhauer "Suds in the Bucket" Kellie Pickler Eliminated
2 Kory Wheeler "Bennie and the Jets" Haley Reinhart Eliminated
3 Lee Jean "Home" Chris Daughtry Wild Card
4 C.J. Johnson "The World I Know" David Cook Eliminated
5 Manny Torres "No Air" Jordin Sparks Wild Card
6 Jenn Blosil "My Funny Valentine" Constantine Maroulis Wild Card
7 Tristan McIntosh "Best Days of Your Life" Kellie Pickler Wild Card
8 Olivia Rox "Light On" David Cook Advanced
9 Adam Lasher "Can't Help Falling in Love" Haley Reinhart Eliminated
10 Dalton Rapattoni "Higher Ground" Chris Daughtry Advanced
11 Trent Harmon "To Love Somebody" Jordin Sparks Advanced
12 Shelbie Z "Bohemian Rhapsody" Constantine Maroulis Eliminated

Wild Card roundEdit

Following the judges selection of four semifinalists to advance to the Finals,[15] the remaining ten semifinalists will compete for the viewers' vote to advance six of them to complete the final group of ten.[16]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Manny Torres "Master Blaster (Jammin')" Eliminated
2 Gianna Isabella "I Put a Spell on You" Advanced
3 Thomas Stringfellow "Story of My Life" Eliminated
4 Tristan McIntosh "What Hurts the Most" Advanced
5 Avalon Young "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Advanced
6 Jenn Blosil "True Colors" Eliminated
7 Lee Jean "Make It Rain" Advanced
8 Sonika Vaid "I Surrender" Advanced
9 Jeneve Rose Mitchell "Ring of Fire" Eliminated
10 MacKenzie Bourg "Roses" Advanced

FinalistsEdit

FinalsEdit

The finals took place over six weeks, consisting of seven live shows. There were 10 finalists. Two finalists were eliminated in the first two weeks and one in each subsequent week, based on viewers' votes and the Judges' Save. Scott Borchetta served as the finalists' mentor.

Top 10 – Contestants' ChoiceEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Olivia Rox "Unconditionally" Eliminated
2 Gianna Isabella "Listen" Eliminated
3 Lee Jean "Skinny Love" Safe
4 Avalon Young "Stitches" Bottom 3
5 Dalton Rapattoni "Hey There Delilah" Safe
6 Tristan McIntosh "Nothin' Like You" Safe
7 MacKenzie Bourg "I See Fire" Safe
8 La'Porsha Renae "Diamonds" Safe
9 Sonika Vaid "Bring Me to Life" Safe
10 Trent Harmon "Like I Can" Safe

Top 8 – Idol Grammy HitsEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Dalton Rapattoni "Radioactive" Safe
2 Lee Jean "Use Somebody" Eliminated
3 Sonika Vaid "Since U Been Gone" Bottom 3
4 MacKenzie Bourg "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Safe
5 La'Porsha Renae "Halo" Safe
6 Trent Harmon "When a Man Loves a Woman" Safe
7 Tristan McIntosh "Go Rest High on That Mountain" Safe
8 Avalon Young "Earned It" Eliminated
  • Group performance: "Confident" with Demi Lovato
  • Note: Olivia Rox performed "Trouble" and Gianna Isabella performed "If I Ain't Got You" in the Top 8 performance night for a spot in the top eight. They were part of the Top 10 week's Bottom 3 along with Avalon Young. However, both of them were eliminated and did not advance.

Top 6 – American Idol All Time Song BookEdit

For the first time this season, the contestants paired up to sing duets.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Trent Harmon & La'Porsha Renae "See You Again" N/A
2 Sonika Vaid & Avalon Young "Rise Up" N/A
3 MacKenzie Bourg & Dalton Rapattoni "I Want It That Way" N/A
4 Tristan McIntosh & Lee Jean "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" N/A
5 La'Porsha Renae "Come Together" Safe
6 MacKenzie Bourg "You Are So Beautiful" Safe
7 Trent Harmon "Stand By Me" Safe
8 Tristan McIntosh "A Broken Wing" Eliminated
9 Dalton Rapattoni "Eleanor Rigby" Safe
10 Sonika Vaid "I Have Nothing" Bottom 2
  • Note: Lee Jean performed "Let It Be" and Avalon Young performed "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" in the Top 6 performance night for a spot in the top six. They were part of the Top 8 week's Bottom 3 along with Sonika Vaid. However, both of them were eliminated and did not advance.

Top 5 – America's Twitter Song ChoiceEdit

The finalists performed songs requested by the voting public through Twitter. For the first time in the competition, each finalist performs two songs.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Trent Harmon "Counting Stars" Safe
2 Dalton Rapattoni "Numb" Bottom 2
3 La'Porsha Renae "Ready for Love" Safe
4 MacKenzie Bourg "Wild World" Safe
5 Sonika Vaid "Let It Go" Eliminated
6 Dalton Rapattoni "The Sound of Silence" Bottom 2
7 MacKenzie Bourg "Billie Jean" Safe
8 Trent Harmon "Simple Man" Safe
9 Sonika Vaid "Clarity" Eliminated
10 La'Porsha Renae "No More Drama" Safe
  • Note: Tristan McIntosh performed "Independence Day" in the Top 5 performance night for a spot in the top five. She was part of the Top 6 week's Bottom 2 along with Sonika Vaid. However, she was eliminated and did not advance.

Top 4 – Classic rock / SiaEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 La'Porsha Renae "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bottom 2
2 MacKenzie Bourg "I Want You to Want Me" Eliminated
3 Trent Harmon "Sharp Dressed Man" Safe
4 Dalton Rapattoni "God Only Knows" Safe
5 La'Porsha Renae "Elastic Heart" Bottom 2
6 MacKenzie Bourg "Titanium" Eliminated
7 Trent Harmon "Chandelier" Safe
8 Dalton Rapattoni "Bird Set Free" Safe

Top 3 – Hometown Dedication / Scott Borchetta's Choice / Judges' ChoiceEdit

Each finalist performed a song dedicated to their hometown, a song Scott Borchetta chose, and a song the judges chose.[48]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Dalton Rapattoni "Calling You" Eliminated
2 Trent Harmon "Tennessee Whiskey" Safe
3 La'Porsha Renae "Glory" Safe
4 Dalton Rapattoni "Dancing in the Dark" Eliminated
5 La'Porsha Renae "Stay with Me" Safe
6 Trent Harmon "Drink You Away" Safe
7 Dalton Rapattoni "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Eliminated
8 La'Porsha Renae "Hello" Safe
9 Trent Harmon "Waiting Game" Safe
  • Note: MacKenzie Bourg performed "Hallelujah" in the Hometown Dedication round, but did not advance to the Top 3.

Top 2 – Original's Single / Simon Fuller's Choice / Favorite PerformanceEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Trent Harmon "Falling" Winner
2 La'Porsha Renae "Battles" Runner-up
3 Trent Harmon "If You Don't Know Me by Now" Winner
4 La'Porsha Renae "A House Is Not a Home" Runner-up
5 Trent Harmon "Chandelier" Winner
6 La'Porsha Renae "Diamonds" Runner-up
  • Group performance: "Stole the Show"
  • Note: Dalton Rapattoni performed "Strike A Match" in the Original's Single round, but did not advance to the Top 2.

Elimination chartEdit

Females Males Top 24 Top 10 Wild Card Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-Finals Wild Card Finals
Date: 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/31 3/10 3/172 3/24 3/31 4/6 4/7
Place Contestant Result
1 Trent Harmon Top 10 Winner
2 La'Porsha Renae Top 10 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Dalton Rapattoni Top 10 Bottom 2 Elim
4 MacKenzie Bourg Wild Card Top 10 Elim
5 Sonika Vaid Wild Card Top 10 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
6 Tristan McIntosh Wild Card Top 10 Elim
7–8 Lee Jean Wild Card Top 10 Elim
Avalon Young Wild Card Top 10 Bottom 3
9–10 Gianna Isabella Wild Card Top 10 Elim
Olivia Rox Top 10
11–14 Jenn Blosil Wild Card Elim
Jeneve Rose Mitchell Wild Card
Thomas Stringfellow Wild Card
Manny Torres Wild Card
15–24 Amelia Eisenhauer Elim
C.J. Johnson
Adam Lasher
Kory Wheeler
Shelbie Z
James VIII Elim
Emily Brooke
Stephany Negrete
Jenna Renae
Jordan Sasser

Guest performancesEdit

Week Performer(s) Title Hot 100 reaction iTunes sales reaction Performance type
Top 10 Kelly Clarkson "Piece by Piece" 8 (debut)[49] 210,000 Live
Top 8 Demi Lovato[50] "Stone Cold" 102
Harry Connick, Jr.[50] "(I Do) Like We Do"
Top 6 Nick Fradiani[50] "Get You Home"
Top 5 Adam Lambert "Mad World"[51]
Jussie Smollett & Yazz The Greatest "Never Let It Die"
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh "Welcome to the Show"[52]
Top 4 David Cook[53] "Heartbeat" 65 11,000
Katharine McPhee[54] "Over the Rainbow" peaked at 171
Sia[55] "Cheap Thrills" 81 7,000
Top 3 Keith Urban[56] "Wasted Time" 37 30,000
Finale* American Idol Top 10 & alumni "One Voice" unreleased unreleased
Trent Harmon & La'Porsha Renae "It Takes Two" unreleased unreleased
Kara DioGuardi featuring Tamyra Gray & Jordin Sparks "Sober" unreleased unreleased
Colton Dixon "Through All of It"
Jordin Sparks & Justin Guarini "No Air"
Kimberley Locke featuring Allison Iraheta & Jordin Sparks "8th World Wonder"
Tamyra Gray featuring Justin Guarini, Allison Iraheta & Jordin Sparks "Girl Crush"
Allison Iraheta & Larry Platt featuring Tamyra Gray, Kimberley Locke, Jordin Sparks & Pia Toscano "No" / "Pants on the Ground" unreleased unreleased
Pia Toscano featuring Colton Dixon, Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Allison Iraheta, Kimberley Locke & Jordin Sparks "All by Myself" unreleased unreleased
Kelly Clarkson[57] "Miss Independent" / "The Trouble With Love Is" / "Breakaway" / "Since U Been Gone" / "Behind These Hazel Eyes" / "Because of You" / "Walk Away" / "Never Again" / "Catch My Breath" / "My Life Would Suck Without You" / "I Do Not Hook Up" / "Already Gone" / "Don't You Wanna Stay" / "Mr. Know It All" / "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" / "Dark Side" / "Heartbeat Song" / "Invincible" / "Piece by Piece" / "A Moment Like This" unreleased unreleased Pre-recorded
Bo Bice featuring James Durbin, Caleb Johnson & Constantine Maroulis "Vehicle" unreleased unreleased Live
James Durbin, Caleb Johnson & Constantine Maroulis "Hard to Handle" unreleased unreleased
Chris Daughtry featuring Bo Bice, James Durbin, Caleb Johnson & Constantine Maroulis "Torches" unreleased unreleased
Bo Bice, Chris Daughtry, James Durbin, Caleb Johnson & Constantine Maroulis "Tobacco Road" unreleased unreleased
Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" unreleased unreleased
Diana DeGarmo, Kree Harrison & Skylar Laine featuring Bucky Covington, Constantine Maroulis & Ace Young "You Belong with Me" unreleased unreleased
Bucky Covington, Constantine Maroulis & Ace Young featuring Diana DeGarmo, Kree Harrison & Skylar Laine "Storm Warning" unreleased unreleased
Lauren Alaina & Kellie Pickler featuring Bucky Covington, Diana DeGarmo, Kree Harrison, Skylar Laine, Constantine Maroulis & Ace Young "Done" unreleased unreleased
Scotty McCreery featuring Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington, Diana DeGarmo, Kree Harrison, Skylar Laine, Constantine Maroulis, Kellie Pickler & Ace Young "Papa Loved Mama" unreleased unreleased
Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington, Diana DeGarmo, Kree Harrison, Skylar Laine, Constantine Maroulis, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler & Ace Young "Pavement Ends" unreleased unreleased
Harry Connick, Jr. & Marley Fletcher "What a Wonderful World" unreleased unreleased
Casey James & Katharine McPhee "Need You Now" unreleased unreleased
Carly Smithson "Here You Come Again" unreleased unreleased
Clay Aiken "Annie's Song" unreleased unreleased
Amber Holcomb & Ruben Studdard "Here, There and Everywhere" unreleased unreleased
Jessica Sanchez "The Prayer" peaked at 166 [58]
Jennifer Lopez "Ain't Your Mama" 92 Pre-recorded
"Let's Get Loud"
Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson & LaToya London "Bridge over Troubled Water" unreleased unreleased
Jennifer Hudson "Remember the Music"
Clark Beckham, Danny Gokey, George Huff, Brandon Rogers & Elliott Yamin "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" unreleased unreleased Live
Fantasia "Ugly"
Taylor Hicks & LaToya London featuring Clark Beckham, Melinda Doolittle, Candice Glover, Mikalah Gordon, Danny Gokey, George Huff, Joshua Ledet, Brandon Rogers & Elliott Yamin "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" unreleased unreleased
Joshua Ledet "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" unreleased unreleased
Melinda Doolittle & Candice Glover featuring Clark Beckham, James Durbin, Danny Gokey, Mikalah Gordon, Taylor Hicks, George Huff, Joshua Ledet, Blake Lewis, Kimberley Locke, Brandon Rogers, Jordin Sparks, Elliott Yamin & American Idol Top 10 "Joy to the World" unreleased unreleased
Kris Allen, David Cook, Lee DeWyze, Nick Fradiani & Phillip Phillips[59] "Starman" / "Rebel Rebel" / "The Jean Genie" unreleased unreleased
William Hung "She Bangs" unreleased unreleased
Carrie Underwood[57] "Something in the Water"
Trent Harmon "Falling" 116 23,000

Former contestants who performed on the April 7 finale included Clay Aiken, Lauren Alaina, Kris Allen, David Archuleta, Fantasia Barrino, Clark Beckham, Bo Bice, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Diana DeGarmo, Lee DeWyze, Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle, James Durbin, Nick Fradiani, Candice Glover, Danny Gokey, Mikalah Gordon, Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Kree Harrison, Taylor Hicks, Amber Holcomb, Jennifer Hudson, George Huff, Allison Iraheta, Casey James, Caleb Johnson, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Blake Lewis, Kimberley Locke, LaToya London, Sanjaya Malakar, Constantine Maroulis, Scotty McCreery, Katharine McPhee, Phillip Phillips, Kellie Pickler, Brandon Rogers, Jessica Sanchez, Carly Smithson, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Pia Toscano, Jasmine Trias, Carrie Underwood, Elliott Yamin, and Ace Young.[57][60][61][62]

RatingsEdit

Live + SD ratingsEdit

Season 15 premiered to 10.96 million viewers, the second lowest since the series premiere. It received an all-time-low 3.0/9 18–49 rating, down 9% from last season. The season finale however had 13.30 million viewers, 5 million more than the season 14 finale.[63][64]

No. Episode Air date Timeslot Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Nightly
rank
Weekly
rank
Ref.
1 "Denver & Atlanta Auditions" January 6, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 3.0 9 10.96 1 5 [65][66]
2 "Little Rock & San Francisco Auditions" January 7, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.7 9 10.21 2 7 [66][67]
3 "Philadelphia Auditions" January 13, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.5 8 9.77 2 5 [68][69]
4 "Denver & Little Rock Auditions" January 14, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.2 7 8.72 2 6 [69][70]
5 "Auditions No. 5" January 20, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.4 8 9.22 1 4 [71][72]
6 "Auditions No. 6" January 21, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.4 8 9.36 1 4 [72][73]
7 "Hollywood Week: Lines of Ten" January 27, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.5 8 9.63 1 3 [74][75]
8 "Hollywood Week: Group Rounds" January 28, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.3 8 8.77 1 5 [75][76]
9 "Hollywood Week: Solo Round" February 3, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.3 8 9.18 1 7 [77]
10 "Final Judgement" February 4, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.2 7 8.94 2 9 [78]
11 "Semi-Final #1: 1st 12 Solo Performances" February 10, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.2 7 9.16 1 7 [79]
12 "Semi-Final #2: 1st 12 Duets & Judges' Vote" February 11, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.1 7 8.96 3 9 [80]
13 "Semi-Final #3: 2nd 12 Solo Performances" February 17, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.0 7 8.29 2 9 [81][82]
14 "Semi-Final #4: 2nd 12 Duets & Judges' Vote" February 18, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 2.0 7 8.19 4 9 [82][83]
15 "Wild Card Night" February 24, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.1 7 8.92 2 10 [84]
16 "Top 10 Perform: Contestants' Choice" February 25, 2016 Thursday  8:00 p.m. 2.1 7 8.72 2 10 [85]
17 "Top 8 Perform: Grammy Hits" March 3, 2016 2.0 7 8.74 2 8 [86][87]
18 "Top 6 Perform: American Idol Songbook" March 10, 2016 1.8 6 8.06 3 11 [88]
19 "Top 5 Perform: America's Choice" March 17, 2016 1.7 6 8.22 2 17 [89][90]
20 "Top 4 Perform: Sia & classic rock songs" March 24, 2016 1.7 6 8.02 3 18 [91][92]
21 "Top 3 Perform: Hometown Dedication" March 31, 2016 2.1 7 9.11 3 7 [93][94]
22 "American Dream" April 5, 2016 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 1.4 5 5.98 4 23 [95][96]
23 "Top 2 Perform" April 6, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 2.2 8 9.70 3 6 [96][97]
24 "Series Finale" April 7, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 3.0 10 13.30 2 3 [96][98]

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratingsEdit

No. Episode Air date Timeslot DVR
18–49
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
18–49
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref.
1 "Denver & Atlanta Auditions" January 6, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.28 3.7 13.25 [99]
2 "Little Rock & San Francisco Auditions" January 7, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.8 2.24 3.5 12.45 [99]
3 "Philadelphia Auditions" January 13, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 1.84 3.2 11.61 [100]
4 "Denver & Little Rock Auditions" January 14, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.05 2.9 10.77 [100]
5 "Auditions No. 5" January 20, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 1.51 3.1 10.73 [101]
6 "Auditions No. 6" January 21, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.05 3.1 11.42 [101]
7 "Hollywood Week: Lines of Ten" January 27, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.6 1.88 3.1 11.50 [101]
8 "Hollywood Week: Group Rounds" January 28, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.23 3.0 11.01 [101]
9 "Hollywood Week: Solo Round" February 3, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.04 3.0 11.21 [102]
10 "Final Judgement" February 4, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.7 2.04 2.9 10.98 [102]
11 "Semi-Final #1: 1st 12 Performances" February 10, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.55 2.7 10.71 [103]
12 "Semi-Final #2: Judge's Vote" February 11, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.48 2.5 10.44 [103]
13 "Semi-Final #3: 2nd 12 Performances" February 17, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.47 2.5 9.76 [104]
14 "Semi-Final #4: Judge's Vote" February 18, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.57 2.4 9.76 [104]
15 "Top 10 Wild Card Round" February 24, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.30 2.6 10.22 [105]
16 "Top 10 Perform" February 25, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.73 2.6 10.45 [105]
17 "Top 8 Perform: Grammy Hits" March 3, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.63 2.4 10.37 [106]
18 "Top 6 Perform: American Idol Songbook" March 10, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 2.02 2.3 10.08 [107]
19 "Top 5 Perform: America's Choice" March 17, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.66 2.2 9.89 [108]
20 "Top 4 Perform: Sia & classic rock songs" March 24, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.24 2.1 9.26 [109]
21 "Top 3 Perform: Hometown Dedication" March 31, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.50 2.5 10.61 [110]
22 "American Dream" April 5, 2016 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.8 [111]
23 "Top 2 Perform" April 6, 2016 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 0.4 1.53 2.6 11.23 [112]
24 "Series Finale" April 7, 2016 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 0.5 1.57 3.5 14.87 [113]

Contestants who appeared on other talent showsEdit

  • MacKenzie Bourg was a semifinalist on the third season of The Voice and was on Team Cee Lo, but was eliminated on the first live show of the season.
  • Adam Lasher, C.J. Johnson, and Sonika Vaid all auditioned for The Voice. However, none of them scored a chair turn.
  • Olivia Rox appeared on the eighth season of America's Got Talent; however, she was cut during "Vegas Week".
  • Shelbie Z was a contestant on the fifth season of The Voice on Team Blake. She was eliminated during the first live show.
  • Jenna Renae appeared on the tenth season of America's Got Talent; however, she was cut during Week 2 of the Judge's Cuts.
  • Stephany Negrete was a finalist on a program called "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento", season 12, on Estrella TV, an American channel dedicated to the Latino culture.
  • Anatalia Villaranda tried out on season 12 of The Voice was on Team Alicia.
  • Lindita Halimi won the Festivali i Këngës 55 in Albania, so she would represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "World"; however, she was eliminated in Semifinal 1.

International broadcastEdit

The season premiered in Australia on Fox8 and in New Zealand on Prime on January 7, 2016 and in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2016 on 4Music. The show broadcasts live throughout Africa and Middle Eastern territories on DSTV's Vuzu Channel 114, but due to it being broadcast at 2 am, there are repeats during the week.

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