American Idol Series Finale Ratings

Ratings: American Idol's Final Performance Finale Hits 3-Year Highs

American Idol’s series finale (Part 1) drew 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating on Wednesday night — up 75 and 70 percent versus last year to deliver its best performance finale since Season 12.

In TVLine’s poll, the Final 2 are in a dead heat, each drawing about 50 percent of the vote.

RELATED American Idol Performance Finale Recap: It’s All Over But the Crying (Oh, Yeah, and Also the Voting)

Empire (11.3 mil/4.2) slipped 10 and 12 percent to its lowest numbers since its Thanksgiving Eve outing.

RELATED Empire Recap: Arsenic and Bad Taste

Elsewhere in the ratings….

ABC | With their first originals against Empire Season 2B, Modern Family (7.4 mil/2.2) and black-ish (5.5 mil/1.6) slipped two and three tenths in the demo, respectively, hitting and tying series lows. The Middle (6.9 mil/1.7) was steady, The Goldbergs (6.1 mil/1.8) ticked down to season lows and bubble drama Nashville (4.2 mil/1.0) rose 11 percent and a tenth with a fresh lead-in.


THE CW | Arrow (2.24 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth (and earned an average grade of “C+” from TVLine readers), while Supernatural (1.76 mil/0.7) rose a tenth.

CBS | Survivor (9 mil/1.9) ticked down. Beyond Borders‘ special 9 o’clock airing did 7.3 mil/1.2 (compared to Criminal Minds‘ week-ago 9.2 mil/1.8), while its second episode (6.9 mil/1.2) dipped just a bit from Week 3.

NBC | Heartbeat (4 mil/0.7) dropped another 15 percent plus two tenths.

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  1. opus says:

    So, what were the FOX ratings?????????????

  2. opus says:

    OK, they weren’t there a minute ago!

  3. Lauren says:

    Modern Family was the funniest it has been in a while last night. Too bad they hit lows. Those numbers don’t seem bad in general though, just low for them. I could use some more Mitchell/Phil scenes, they were great!

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    This is the most boring cast of Survivor I’ve seen in a long time. Hopefully last nights blindside will shake things up.

  5. Boiler says:

    And another ABC bubble drama does better than those already renewed. Great for Nashville!

    • Sally McLinn says:

      Yes, Nashville is still solid. And the guy who plays Avery is such a good actor.

      • Rachel says:

        I think Avery has evolved the most since the beginning of the show. Remember when we used to hate him? He’s also 100% moved on from Lucky which will hopefully mean bigger things from Jonathan Jackson in the future.

  6. kn1231 says:

    Matt, what are Nashville’s ratings like including live +7. I feel like a lot of people I know who watch the show record it. Also curious to know where it sits among all the prime time dramas. Now sure how much of this information you actually have.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      With Live+7, NASHVILLE averages 5.5 mil (+55%) and a 1.9 (+90%) , ranking ~29th and ~18th among all broadcast dramas.

  7. Sally McLinn says:

    Last night was not a good night for TV. I turned on Empire and turned it off when the brothers were serenading Dre. That was a ridiculous moment. Where’s the writing on the show? And then I turned to Black-ish and couldn’t understand what the subject was. Something about who will take care of their kids.
    Nashville was pretty good, it’s always solid.

  8. Phil says:

    Random industry observation: ABC’s Wednesday night, which is one of the most successful blocks of shows, is comprised of all different production companies. The Middle is WB, The Goldbergs Sony, Modern Family is FOX and Black-ish is Disney. You can also add in Nashville, which is Lionsgate/ABC (and thanks for the DVR info, Matt). It’s nice to see corporate diversity these days, and that ABC hasn’t hobbled these successful shows by permanently moving in Real O’Neals (which I find highly enjoyable) or The Muppets to one of these primo timeslots.

  9. kmw says:

    Nice that Idol went up as well as Nashville. Empire didn’t dip too much and happy that The Middle is so steady.