Airing the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 performance finale and the season finale of GLEE, FOX dominated last night among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Teens and key demos and beat the next highest-rated network by +46% in the core adult demo (5.4 vs. 3.7 for ABC).
In fact, despite heavy competition and IDOL’s move to Tuesday, AMERICAN IDOL and GLEE were the #1 and #2 highest rated programs of the night among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Teens.
AMERICAN IDOL: 6.2/18, down -7% in the adult demo and even in Total Viewers (20.0 vs. 20.1 Mil) vs. last Spring’s performance finale (NOTE: IDOL’s ratings will likely go up a couple of tenths in the finals, so we project that it will end up within -4% of the same night last season in A18-49 )
So far this season with Comparable Most Current ratings. AMERICAN IDOL retains 95% of Adults 18-49 (8.3/23 vs. 8.7/23) and is up +4% in Total Viewers (24.8 vs. 23.9 Mil.) versus the same period last season.
GLEE: 4.6/11, up +28% week over week and on par (-2%) with last season’s finale on 6/08/10
Last night’s GLEE earned its highest Total Viewers of the season since week two and posted its highest rating ever in Teens (5.7/19), excluding the post-Super Bowl telecast
GLEE won the 9p hour among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Teens and beat the first hour of the Dancing With The Stars results finale in head to head competition by +10% in Adults 18-49 (4.6/11 vs. 4.2/10).
Following a repeat of Monday’s Dancing With The Stars performance show (2.0/6, down -17%), part two of ABC’s two-night Dancing With The Stars finale (4.5/11) was down -15% from its Fall ’10 closer earlier this season (5.3/15 on 11/23/10) and up from last season’s lowest-ever Spring finale.
CBS aired repeats of NCIS (1.8/5) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.7/4) at 8p and 9p, followed by a special repeat NCIS (1.7/4) at 10p.
NBC’s Biggest Loser 11 (3.1/8) delivered the franchise’s lowest regular finale ever, dropping -21% from its finale last spring (3.9/11 on 5/25/10). At 10p, The Voice (3.8/9) posted its lowest original rating to date, falling -16% from last week and showing week-to-week declines for the third straight telecast (5.7 > 4.7 > 4.5 > 3.8).