It's a record pull for the Season 8 runner-up, who tops the list for the first time this year. Carrie Underwood (Season 4 winner) has held the No. 1 spot for the last two years and slips to second place with an $8 million haul this year.
Season 5's Chris Daughtry toured his way to $6 million and the No. 3 slot with 91 shows during the Forbes scoring period. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips made $5 million thanks to his last record, Behind the Light, released in 2014
American Idol began its last season on Wednesday and will crown its 15th and final winner this spring.