Ratings: American Idol Dips But Boosts Glee Finale; Biggest Loser Closer Eats All-Time Low

American Idol‘s final performance show took a dip in the coveted 18-49 demo this year, scoring a 6.2 rating while drawing in 20 million total viewers. Compared to Season 9’s final sing-off, the demo was down 7 percent, while versus last Wednesday’s Top 3 performance show, the rating dropped 16 percent.

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In total viewership, last night’s Idol outing amassed a few hundred more folks than last year’s performance finale.

Nonetheless benefiting from the robust lead-in was Glee, which saw a 38 percent week-to-week boost in audience (to 12.1 million viewers) and a 31 percent bump in the demo (to a 4.6). That said, Glee‘s rating was down slightly from its year-ago outing (which also led out of an Idol finale), while its total audience was up 11 percent versus its Season 1 finale, which aired in June.

Elsewhere on this final Tuesday night of May sweeps:

* Dancing With the Stars crowned its latest champion in front of 21 million total viewers, while scoring a 4.5 demo rating — up 15 and 18 percent, respectively, from last spring’s finale.

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* The Biggest Loser, with 8.1 million viewers and a 3.1 rating, dropped some 20 percent to a series all-time low for a season-ender.

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* In its fifth week and opposite the DWTS coronoation, NBC’s The Voice delivered 8.55 million viewers and a 3.8 rating, dropping 13 and 16 percent.

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  1. BRETT says:

    Wow. Really shocked that GLEE got those numbers when the finale was TERRIBLE. But, that’s IDOL for ya…

  2. CM says:

    I guess moving Idol to Tuesday helped Glee a lot. Last week they had barely 8 million viewers and 3,7 in the ratings , this week had 4 more million 4,6 in the ratings.
    The worst part of that all is that more people watching means more people complaining. I won’t complain about the Glee finale because I loved it!

  3. Jake says:

    Yay! for Glee! loved the finale! Cant wait for next season.

  4. billybob says:

    Glad to see Idols numbers. After the way they treated Haley, lots of people tuned out…me included. And that Lauren voice episode…strictly Bushleague.

    • Alexandre Leal says:

      I second that!

    • Dave says:

      Haven’t watch Idol since the first couple weeks this season. Not out of protest, simply no longer give a rip. Instead of lowering the age limit, they need to RAISE it. These kids are way too young – just not interested even a little. Get some grown ups competing and I will start watching again.

    • MarkW says:

      I feel that perhaps the switch to Tuesday also threw quite a few people off. Probably more to do with that than Haley’s ouster. Even though we all loved her, she did get the least amount of votes, after all.

      • Name That Tune says:

        The move to Tuesday didn’t throw people off. There was competition for their time. I chose to watch Hines Ward get the mirrorball trophy. After all DWTS had 21 million viewers v. Idol’s 19.96 million. Poeple chose to watch something else last night. On purpose.

  5. JJ says:

    For all the people who claimed that they will stop watching AI, that’s still not that big of a drop. I personally didn’t watch it but I’m not a nielsen box owner so it doesn’t really matter. I actually don’t mind Lauren or Scotty winning the whole thing, but not a huge fan of Nigel and his corrupted ways of manipulating every show that he produces.

    • connerc says:

      Plus, AI is usually adjusted up when the final numbers are released.

    • Name That Tune says:

      Um, once upon a time AI could get 37 million viewers for a finale. They’ve lost almost half of their audience. That is a big drop.

    • MrTemecula says:

      A 7% drop in the most coveted demographics is a problem for Fox. That’s a lot of young people who turned away from the lack of variety. Advertisers pay the most for this group. I’m sure moving the performance show had some effect, but I bet an all-country night had an impact, too. I think we’ll only have a Laura-like country singer next year. I’m sure Nigel will make sure another Scotty does not make through Hollywood Week or even gets that far.

  6. NickC says:

    AI and GLEE…do we need more proof that America likes BAD singing…

  7. Patty says:

    Both Glee and Biggest Loser were preempted in Texas because of weather. I assume OK too. DWTS was not.

  8. ruby says:

    well they way i see it glee will always bw on top because the world is just not fair see this

  9. Amanda says:

    I am not surprised by biggest loser numbers. There were so many finales last night and so some shows were going to suffer

  10. Kacey says:

    I skipped Idol for the first time since probably season 3 last night. I chose Biggest Loser instead. This season is just so blech for me.

  11. Tavis says:

    Glee’s season ONE finale aired last June.

  12. Lisa M says:

    I’m not sure the network executives know about this device called a “remote control”. It allows the viewer to *change channels* and control other aspects of TV watching. Anyway, I used my “remote control” to watch Glee instead of AI then I used it to *change the channel to watch the DWTS finale. I even did this thing called “channel surfing” when I got bored; which happens with frequency during many reality shows or competitions. The program line up does not dictate what to watch to me(or to many others, I’m certain). I will watch the AI finale tonight; unless the FOX police knock down my door for skipping (gasp!) the show last night.

  13. Ron says:

    Allegedly Lauren couldn’t speak after the show last night so who knows if she’ll be singing much during the 2 hour 7 minute bonanza tonight. Either way I can probably watch the whole show in about 20 minutes or just tune in at 10:06 to hear them call Scotty’s name.

  14. Jason S says:

    Also importantly Idol was not the number one show last night!!! That was DWTS!! Had they not pushed so hard to get rid of Haley they probably would have been number 1!!!! (They lost 3 million viewers between top 3 performance and Top 2 performance)! Be careful what you wish for Nigel!!!!!

  15. Guy says:

    I loved the finale of Glee even though i thought it wasn’t a true finale but none the less its awesome for the show. The episode was amazing.

    Good to see DWTS do well too.