The series finale of “American Idol” was a ratings winner for Fox, with the broadcast delivering “Idol’s” largest audience in two years and the largest “Idol” finale audience in three years, Variety reports, citing preliminary figures.
“The star-studded, 126-minute ‘Idol’ finale averaged a 3.0 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. last night, with these averages expected to rise once the final six minutes are included,” Variety reports. “Given that the final half-hour averaged a 3.4 in the demo and 14.5 million viewers, it’s likely that its average for the night will finish in the vicinity of 13.4 million.”
The high for the season, until last night, was the season premiere Jan. 6, which delivered a 3.0 average rating in 18-49 with about 11 million total viewers, the report notes. Last night’s finale was the top season finale since season 12 wrapped three years ago with 14.3 million viewers, and the most-watched episode overall since early in season 13.