“American Idol” has had an impact on radio airplay since its debut six years ago, according to Mediabase.
The television show is now responsible for generating more than 6 million radio spins. During the week of March 12, a dozen former American Idol contestants were on the charts or close.
Season One winner Kelly Clarkson and Season Four winner Carrie Underwood are leading the pack with 4 million radio spins between them. Mediabase says Clarkson has 3.3 million spins since winning the first title, and Underwood has amassed 725,000 spins, averaging more than 450,000 per year.
Other popular contestants include Fantasia Barrino, Josh Gracin, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Bo Bice, Mario Vazquez, Chris Daughtry, and 2007 Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson.
Here’s how they stack up against Clarkson and Underwood: Josh Gracin, Season Three finalist, about 580,000 spins; Fantasia Barrino, Season Three winner, 375,000; Ruben Studdard, Season Two winner, 294,000; Clay Aiken, Season Two runner-up, 225,000; Kimberley Locke, Season Two finalist, 210,000; Chris Daughtry, Season Five finalist, 146,000; Mario Vazquez, Season Five contestant, 123,000; and Bo Bice, Season Four runner-up, 115,000 spins.