American Idol Finale Ratings Down More than 10% in Demos Vs. Last Year

Last night’s finale ratings were down from last season:

Fox’s “American Idol” wrapped its eighth season with huge numbers Wednesday night, although the music megahit was down more than 10% in demos vs. last year and is expected to come in with its lowest in-season finale ratings to date. The preliminary numbers are a bit murky due to the show’s irregular running time (8-10:07 p.m.), but “Idol” likely averaged about 29 million viewers, off from last year’s 31.7 million.

Even in a slightly depressed state, however, the “Idol” finale ‘  in which 23-year-old Arkansas native Kris Allen was revealed as the winner ‘  was easily the top-rated program of the May sweep. It also drew roughly three times the demo score of the next highest-rated program on Wednesday, the season finale of “Criminal Minds” on CBS.

For fun, Seasons 5 and 6:

  • Season 6 – 30.7 million
  • Season 5 – 36.3 million
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