Both reality contests were down sharply from a year ago, however, hitting all-time demo lows for a finale/performance finale, respectively.
Dancing With the Stars, with 17.5 million viewers and a 3.2 rating, hit season highs but was down 17 and 29 percent from its May 2011 coronation ceremony. Also, it got bested in its first hour (where it scored a 2.9 rating) by America’s Got Talent (9.3 mil/3.2).
Idol, meanwhile, drew 14.4 mil and a 4.2, down 33 and 28 percent year-over-year.
The night’s other big finale, Glee (7.7 mil/3.0), rose 20 percent to hit a 13-week demo high, but was down 35 percent from its Season 2 capper. It, too, was edged out in the demo by AGT.
Lastly — no, really — The CW’s L.A. Complex played to 448,000 people this week (down 15 percent) while scoring a 0.2 rating.