American Idol

The BEST seasons of American Idol

Every season of American Idol ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons of American Idol!

The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

Last Updated: 12/4/2022Network:ABC (US)
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Season 4
star
8.50
4 votes

#1 - Season 4

First Aired 1/19/2005

Season 11
star
8.40
5 votes

#2 - Season 11

First Aired 1/19/2012

Season 14
star
7.86
7 votes

#3 - Season 14

First Aired 1/8/2015

Season 1
star
7.83
6 votes

#4 - Season 1

First Aired 6/12/2002

Season 10
star
7.67
6 votes

#5 - Season 10

First Aired 1/20/2011

Season 8
star
7.50
8 votes

#6 - Season 8

First Aired 1/14/2009

Season 13
star
7.50
4 votes

#7 - Season 13

First Aired 1/16/2014

Season 2
star
7.33
3 votes

#8 - Season 2

First Aired 1/22/2003

Season 3
star
7.00
3 votes

#9 - Season 3

First Aired 1/20/2004

Season 5
star
7.00
5 votes

#10 - Season 5

First Aired 1/18/2006

Season 7
star
6.80
5 votes

#11 - Season 7

First Aired 1/16/2008

Season 6
star
6.67
6 votes

#12 - Season 6

First Aired 1/17/2007

Season 9
star
6.50
4 votes

#13 - Season 9

First Aired 1/13/2010

Season 15
star
6.33
6 votes

#14 - Season 15

First Aired 1/7/2016

Season 12
star
5.75
4 votes

#15 - Season 12

First Aired 1/17/2013