Idols, co-owned by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, is one of the most successful entertainment formats ever launched. It first aired in the UK as Pop Idol in 2001 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon with local versions in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America, airing 199 series across 46 territories and attracting upwards of a staggering 6.5 billion votes worldwide.
The Idols format has been watched by an incredible 460 million viewers worldwide since it first launched in 2001, and Idols is on the top ten ratings lists of more countries than any other entertainment show in the world aside from Got Talent in the current edition of Eurodata TV’s One Year In The World report.
Year after year, Idols is a smash hit ratings success all around the world. In its twelve-year history, Idols has been the number one entertainment program for broadcasters from The Netherlands to Indonesia, Australia to Norway, Singapore and Croatia, and with 43 No.1s across 46 territories since 2001, Idols regularly gains record-breaking audiences worldwide.
American Idol has been the No.1 entertainment series in the US for the past nine seasons, watched by audiences of up to 35 million viewers, and was the first ever show with Facebook-connected voting (American Idol, Season 9 in 2010); the first TV show to offer iTunes downloads of performances (Season 7, 2008) and the first TV show to have a bonus content app (Season 8, 2009). The American Idol series has been shown in over 190 countries worldwide, airing throughout all major territories around the world.