‘American Idol’ Finale Delivers a Series-Low Rating

by | May 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM | American Idol, RealityTV, TV News

The 'American Idol' season nine finale. (Fox)

The 'American Idol' season nine finale. (Fox)

Fox’s ‘American Idol’ wrapped its ninth season before an average audience of 24.2 million total viewers – the second-smallest turnout for an ‘Idol’ finale ever.

Only the Season 1 finale, which aired during the summer, attracted fewer viewers (22.8 million).

At the close of the finale, when a new champ was crowned, ‘Idol’ was playing to 28.8 million viewers versus last year’s 35.6 million.

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Year-to-year, the ‘Idol’ finale was down 16 percent in viewers and 18 percent in the coveted 18-to-49 demo. In fact, last night’s 8.2 rating in the 18-to-49 demo marks an all-time low for one of the show’s finales.

Throughout this season – one marked by lackluster finalists and the replacement of Paula Abdul with Ellen DeGeneres – ‘Idol’ was down a somewhat typical 9 percent.

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This year’s finale labored to offset the buzz-anemic competition with an appearance by Paula Abdul, to bid Simon Cowell adieu, and guest performers such as Bret Michaels, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera and Alanis Morissette.