American Idol

Ratings: American Idol drops 14%, has lowest rated performance finale ever

American Idol had a 4.2 adult rating last night, down 14% from last week and is the lowest rated performance finale for the series ever (that includes Season One).

Dancing with the Stars had a 3.2 rating and 17.481 million viewers — the most watched show of the night.

America’s Got Talent had a 3.2 and the Glee season finale had a 3.0.

The rest of the numbers:

From TVbytheNumbers:

FOX was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49 and ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent garnered a 3.2 , down two-tenths from last week’s 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. At 10PM, Dateline NBC got a 1.6 in adults 18-49, matching last week’s time-period performance.

On FOX, the performance finale of American Idol earned a 4.2, which is an all-time low for a performance finale. It’s worth noting too that the 14% drop from last week’s 4.9 rating, is the same drop the performance finale saw last year. The season finale of Glee scored a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up five tenths from last week’s 2.5, and giving the show its best ratings since February.

On ABC, Dancing with the Stars’ finale earned a 3.2 rating, which is a new performance finale low, despite being up from last week’s series low 2.2 rating.

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Zenneth Rowellyn Palomar Naig
Zenneth Rowellyn Palomar Naig

ooops...there could be lots of reasons and it's all not because of the two... Both of them are superb performers... =)... People love variety shows so maybe when the survey started, some of them changed their channel to watch Dancing with the stars Final etc... =)

Diana Nana Castillo
Diana Nana Castillo

Lmao at the people who say that its because their favorite went home!

Diana Nana Castillo
Diana Nana Castillo

If I think happens tonight ..they will lose one more viewer for good here.

djfabian
djfabian

with those 2 in the final 2 ...looks like  I wasnt the only one who didnt give 2 Sh*ts

ZarkeMulgore
ZarkeMulgore

There's just too many good shows now. Back then AI was something new, a pioneer. Now, its an old show. They can re-engineer it, but still an old show. 11 Seasons, 11 years. They should be doing Global Idol right now, with the current media technology "ITS DOABLE!" :)

Carol Gillihan
Carol Gillihan

Because it was boring last night without an exciting performer like JOshua or Skylar!

Lisa Armentor Hill
Lisa Armentor Hill

Thats because Josha went home....Louisiana stopped watchng...LOL

Dalene Sparks
Dalene Sparks

No biggie, it is still a top 5 show on t.v. It is not going anywhere anytime soon...

Sara Barracuda
Sara Barracuda

Lots of reasons could have caused that. They changed the date. Everyone was used to Wed nights.. some might watch it tonight thinking they are performing. Some people may have been disappointed with the final 2 contestants. It was a tight performance show, first one in like the ENTIRE season that was one hour long. Yikes, lots of problems.

Madison Buford
Madison Buford

Probably because they switched the days to Tuesday and Wednesday and confused everyone!

Kris Staursky Cox
Kris Staursky Cox

The ratings will be up tonight..too much competition last night and people can DVR that

Carol Pino
Carol Pino

Wait till you see who wins this I know!

Kathy Siemon
Kathy Siemon

This isn't the first time the wrong people were in the finale

Gretchen Louie
Gretchen Louie

really was not any excitement lastnight as it should have been. I believe america is right by lower viewers....wrong person in the finale and this shows it.

Sara Logue
Sara Logue

I have to say ...I was really boring and felt rushed since it was only an hour and they decided to squeeze Jason derulo in when it should of been solely about Phillip and jessica

Rhyle
Rhyle

132.3 MILLION VOTES CAST... A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR THE WEAKEST SHOW IN AMERICA? OH COME ON! AMERICAN IDOL WILL ALWAYS BE NUMBER 1, #1 numero uno, COZ ITS NOT JUST CONTINENTAL, IT'S WORLDWIDE PHENOMENA!!!!!!!!!!! :)

fayefaye
fayefaye

This is because people are sick of  WGWG in the final 2 again.

If P2 wins , the rating for next season will be even lower.

 

XL
XL

Elise always looks PISSED in these caption shots, lolol.

Klope62
Klope62 moderator

Saw it coming ...especially since lines were literally opened even as soon as the show was over.

realphill
realphill

lowest rated finale - record of votes? did philliipinos managed to score votes for jessica??? mmhmmm.....

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Ouch!  Maybe people forgot that it would be on Tuesday? Nah, they wanted Mantasia in the finale!!!!!! Hopefully tonight's ratings will be better.

mwk89
mwk89

Not shock, really no outstanding personality or swagger for this yr's idol

XL
XL

Am I the only one surprised America's Got Talent held up so well? lol.

amandanoa
amandanoa

 @Rhyle

 I think, though, it's not necessarily more people voting but the same people voting more often.  This is kinda a put off with the finale - hailing back to Kris Allen and all the home state votes - the voting itself is unreflective of the ability of the artist and the popularity of the show because one person can now make so many votes - and if rumours are true so many overseas people are voting also - therefore twisting the results.

 

You are right that AI is much more a worldwide hit than the other shows but it is losing credibility with the voting and judging and maybe what America likes in an artist is not what the rest of the world does.

Klope62
Klope62 moderator

By opened--I mean, not busy.

HoboBobo
HoboBobo

 @realphill  Just so you know, Votes from outside US were not counted. So stop this hate against the Filipinos before I beat the shit out of you

Rickey
Rickey moderator

 @JeremyGable Oh, I forgot to mention that. How did that happen???

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Mikhail XO But Scottie has charisma dang it!!! lols  I really wanted a Haley/Scottie! 

XL
XL

 @Rickey I know, right. I would have thought against DWTS and Idol, it would have been soooo low.

HoboBobo
HoboBobo

 @JeremyGable  @realphill I read somewhere that she said she had 2nd thoughts about the show. Gah. I just find her bitter... she smiles in her twitpics though. Lol

 

XL
XL

 @HoboBobo  @realphill She may not have said so in interviews, but I think she regrets going on Idol now. Just her body language says it all.