american idol s11 finale ratings TV ratings: 'American Idol' finale way down from 2011 but FOX still dominates WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The season finale of “American Idol” took a big fall from last year’s season ender, tumbling by 30 percent in total viewers and more than 33 percent among adults 18-49. It was still by far the biggest thing on TV Wednesday night, though, and led FOX to a big win for the night.

Elsewhere, the season finales of “Modern Family” and “Revenge” were both up over last week’s ratings (though “Modern Family” was slightly below its 2011 finale numbers), and the finale of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC had its best performance in several weeks.

FOX averaged 20.7 million viewers and an 11.8 rating/19 share in households for the night, down from 29.3 million viewers for the 2011 “Idol” finale. ABC (7.3 million, 4.7/8) was the best of the rest, beating out CBS (5.9 million, 3.9/6) and NBC (5.4 million, 3.5/6). The CW drew just under 900,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.

The “Idol” finale also gave FOX a big win among adults 18-49, but its 6.1 rating was way behind last year’s 9.2. ABC came in a distant second at 2.6. CBS, 1.5, edged NBC, 1.4, for third, while The CW earned a 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” season finale (19 million viewers, 10.9/19 households)
ABC: “The Middle” season finale (6.5 million, 4.1/7)/”Modern Family” rerun (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” – two episodes (5.4 million, 3.4/6)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (5.6 million, 3.8/7)/”Two and a Half Men” rerun (4.4 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (865,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.5) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” season finale (22.45 million, 12.7/20)
ABC: “Modern Family” season finale (10 million, 6.2/10)/”Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23″ season finale (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (6.4 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (3.8 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (917,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.7) 10 p.m. ABC: “Revenge” season finale (7.8 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” season finale (7 million, 4.6/8)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (6.25 million, 4.1/7) 18-49 leader: “Revenge” (2.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter