Finale ratings for 'The Voice,' 'American Idol' drop sharply; Fox cutting back 'Idol' hours

May 22, 2014 8:13 PM

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NEW YORK — A sharp decline in viewers for the season finales of "The Voice" and "American Idol" this week raises the question of whether music competition shows on television are fading out.

The year's final "American Idol" on Fox Wednesday was seen by fewer people than any Idol-crowning moment since the series began in 2002. "The Voice" has bypassed "American Idol" in popularity, yet Tuesday's season-ending episode was down 25 percent from the 2013 finale, the Nielsen company said Thur...

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