Cliffs Notes Summary of the Finale and Other Odds and Ends

A couple of things…

While I struggle to finish my recap, here’s  my Cliff’s Notes  summary of last night’s finale…

Too  much time given to pointless “special guests”  (Green Day and Tony Bennett get a pass) at the expense of the Top 12.   Last year,  all the guest stars, except Prince, performed with the contestants.   It gave each Idol  ample time to perform  one last time on the Idol stage.   Boo to the person who deprived 4th place finisher Lakisha Jones of her Idol duet.    Props  to the producers  for bringing back all the former winning Idols they could.   It was cool to see them all together on one stage.

Congratulations to  Jordin Sparks.   I’m sure  she’ll wear the mantle of American Idol gratefully and proudly.  She’ll  probably also  sell many many units of her Idol CD, making  the old man Clive Davis very very happy.   He sure loves his units, as he made very clear last night.

Speaking of Clive.  Talk about  bringing the show to a grinding, screeching halt. Nothing would have pleased me more than if  a trap door had  opened and swallowed him up during his tedious gloat-fest.   Now THAT woulda been Good Tee Vee.

Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis Performance mp3s-Now Available for  Download  

While the bottom 10  Idols’ performance singles are no longer available at, you can purchase Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis’s mp3s there until June 20th.  

For you pod people, the downloads are also available at iTunes.

But here’s the deal–both Jordin and Blake have 10 songs available.    Five of them are bundled in an EP (including Jordin’s craptacular coronation single, “This Is My Now.”)  The other 5 are available as singles.  I’m not quite getting the logic here. It seems rather random.

Season  6 Finale Ratings Down 19%

I’ll be posting a ratings wrap up as soon as I have final numbers.   In the meantime, it is interesting to note that Season 6’s  finale ratings dropped 19% from Season 5’s ratings.   29 million people watched last night’s finale, according to preliminary data by Nielsen Media Research.   That’s versus last year’s 36.4 million.    Wednesday’s numbers were the lowest 18-49 numbers since its original cycle in 2002 and the lowest viewership since the third season.

The preliminary numbers do not include the viewers who tuned in after the 10 pm cutoff.   The show ran about 9 minutes long.

However, the voting totals were up 17% from last year–from a total of 63.4 million votes last year  to 74 million votes this year.

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