American Idol‘s Season 11 finale — aka 127 minutes of foregone conclusion — drew 21 million total viewers and a 6.1 rating, marking this cycle’s largest audience since the premiere and best demo number since Week 2.
That said, the coronation ceremony was down 29 and 34 percent from Season 10’s – which, yes, is to be expected, but nonetheless marks an all-time finale low. Kinda makes the “record number of votes” thing supremely impressive though, no?
Among Wednesday’s other season-enders, The Middle (6.5 mil/2.0) and Modern Family (10 mil/4.0) were up week-to-week if down a few points from a year ago to all-time finale lows, while Apartment 23 (5.74 mil/2.5) surged 21 and 32 percent (and, out of curiosity’s sake, registered 8 and 25 percent better numbers than Cougar Town‘s year-ago Wednesday finale).
Elsewhere, a final frothy serving of Revenge (7.76 mil/2.4) saw 12 and 20 percent gains, hitting 20- and 15-week highs…. SVU (7 mil/1.9) was up versus last week yet down 34 percent year-over-year to set an all-time finale low… and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers was flat at 5.5 mil/1.5.