TV ratings: 'American Idol' finale up over 2010, dominates Wednesday

american-idol-finale-rating.jpg UPDATED with final FOX averages, figuring in the seven-minute overrun for the "Idol" finale.

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The finale of "American Idol" improved significantly on its ratings from last year, closing out the 2010-11 season with a big win for FOX. ABC was up a little over last week's performance with its comedy finales, while the CBS and NBC were mostly in repeats for the night.

FOX averaged 29.3 million viewers and a 15.7 rating/24 share in households for the evening, up from 24.2 million for the 2010 "Idol" finale's fast national numbers.The show also ran seven minutes long, so its numbers will likely go up in the final nationals. CBS (6.7 million, 4.6/7) was the best of the rest, narrowly beating ABC (6.3 million, 4.1/6). NBC came in fourth with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.8/4. The CW (1.05 million, 0.7/1) brought up the rear.

FOX's adults 18-49 average also took a jump from the 2010 "Idol" finale -- the net scored an 9.2 Wednesday compared to 8.2 last year. ABC, 2.3, finished second. CBS took third with a 1.7, followed by NBC, 1.2, and The CW, 0.4.

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