American Idol Ratings Up 12% from Last Year’s Finale

American Idol ratings from TVBytheNumbers:

Of course, Fox dominated the final night of the 2010-11 broadcast season with the two hour season finale of American Idol which scored a 9.2 adults 18-49 rating and 29.3 million viewers. That was up 12% for adults 18-49 and 21% for viewership compared to last year’s finale 8.2 adults 18-49 rating and 24.223 million average viewers. It was also the first time in five years that American Idol finale ratings topped the previous season’s.

As you can imagine, Nigel Lythgoe is a very happy man this morning. There was some crowing yesterday about the DWTS finale beating the Idol final by 1m viewers. But there’s not much for the folks at ABC to celebrate this morning.

Nigel tweets, “We beat the Dancing With The Stars Tuesday finale by +37% in Total Viewers (29.3 vs. 21.4 Mil) and +100% among Adults 18-49 (9.2 vs. 4.6).”

Ha! More factoids from @Fox_Research:

Last night’s #AMERICANIDOL finale was the most-watched program of the TV season (excl. sports and Academy Awards)

Most-watched #IDOL finale since Season 7 (Cook/Archuleta)

Most-watched #IDOL telecast (29.3m viewers) since the season 9 premiere on 1/12/2010

Half-hour breakdown:

8:00 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 7.0 23 22.952
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 8.8 25 27.782
9:00 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 9.8 26 30.633
9:30 FOX American Idol 10 RESULTS 9.8 24 31.275

10:00-10:07 12.4 10.1 Teen rtg 38.6m viewers

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