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Fox Hits a Ratings Home Run With ‘Idol’ Finale

May 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The two-hour season finale of “American Idol” hit it out of the park in the ratings Wednesday night, improving 21% in total viewers and 12% in the 18-49 demo over last year’s installment, TVbytheNumbers.com reported. The finale had a 9.2 average rating in 18-49 and 29.3 million viewers.

Fox dominated the numbers for the night as a whole, with its 9.2 rating in adults 18-49 burying the competition. ABC was second with a 2.3 average, followed by CBS (1.7), Univision (1.5) and NBC (1.2). The picture was similar in total viewers, with Fox in a class of its own, averaging 29.3 million to 6.7 million for CBS, 6.3 million for ABC, 4.2 million for NBC and 3.8 million for Univision.

At 8 p.m. hour one of Fox’s "Idol" had an average of 7.9 in the 18-49 demographic, over ABC’s season finale of "The Middle," which had a 2.2 in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. hour two of "Idol" rose to a 9.8 average in the 18-49 demo, while the season finale of ABC’s "Modern Family" scored a 4.1 in the same demo. From 9:30 to 10:30, the season finale of ABC’s "Cougar Town" had a mean score of 1.95 in the 18-49 demographic.

The 10 p.m. hour saw CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" average a 2.0 in the 18-49 demo. ABC’s "Happy Endings" at 10:30 rated a 1.7 in that demo. NBC’s "Law & Order: Los Angeles" had a mean score of 1.35 in the same demo for the hour.

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