Update: Final ratings numbers are in:
American Idol was adjusted up two tenths of a ratings point from its preliminary ratings to a 6.4 adults 18-49 rating.
The Dancing with the Stars finale was adjusted up one tenth of a ratings point to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.
There were no other ratings adjustments
Despite American Idol Season 10 ratings improving overall over last year’s numbers. Last night’s final performance is down slightly vs last year. Via Entertainment Weekly:
Fox’s American Idol performance finale was down slightly from last year in the ratings.
Tuesday’s show delivered 20 million viewers and a 6.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, down 7 percent from last season. That rating will probably improve a tad in the nationals. The performance isn’t unexpected given that Idol has been tracking just slightly below 2010?s run all season, itself an accomplishment given the age of the show and all the changes to the judging panel. Still, last night was the lowest rating yet for a performance finale of Idol.
Glee performed strong, earning 12.1 million viewers and a hearty 4.6 rating, the most-watched episode since Week 2 of the season (excluding the Super Bowl).
The Voice and DWTS via TVByTheNumbers:
DWTS averaged 21 million viewers (1 million more than Idol, but Idol still won the demo). The Voice averaged 8.5 million viewers
The two hour season finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars scored a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 29% vs. last week
Perhaps muted by the Dancing with the Stars finale, NBC’s latest great hope, The Voice, fell to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 16% from last week. That’s not a good omen for next season, when theyr’re currently scheduled to go head to head.
Idol kicked butt in the ratings again this season
RANK SHOW NET RATE
1 AMERICAN IDOL — WED FOX 8.8
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 8.0
3 AMERICAN IDOL — THU FOX 7.7
4 NFL SUNDAY PRE-KICK NBC 5.6
THE VOICE NBC 5.6
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 4.8
MODERN FAMILY ABC 4.8
8 NFL THE OT FOX 4.6
9 BIG BANG THEORY CBS 4.4
10 SURVIVOR:NICARAGUA CBS 4.3
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 4.3
Only Sunday night Football came close to rivaling Idol in the 18-49 demo.
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