8:41am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Wraps Soft Season, Still Tops 'Survivor,' But 'Modern Family' Wins
It was not the best week for signing competitions. After Tuesday night brought a low note for The Voice finale, American Idol also closed its season well south of last year.
Fast National ratings give the two-hour American Idol finale a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers. In the key demographic, that's a 28 percent drop from last season. (It was, however, up 24 percent from last Wednesday's episode.)
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The Fox show did manage to edge past Survivor. The CBS competition, which has bested Idol on many occasions this season, ended its run with a 2.5 rating in the key demo and 9.5 million viewers. Survivor finales typically air on Sundays, and this one crept into the 10 p.m. hour -- where the reunion special averaged a 2.0 in the demo -- so ratings are subject to adjustment.
Wednesday's top dog was Modern Family. The ABC comedy averaged a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.23 million viewers. The comedy was steady with its season ender last year -- though the lead-in did not service Mixology (1.3 adults) or the return of Motive (0.9 adults) at 10 p.m. The latter was off 25 percent from its premiere last year. At the top of the night, The Middle (2.0 adults) was up a tick from last week.
On NBC, Revolution (1.1 adults) wrapped its run on a low, if steady, note. Law & Order: SVU (1.6 adults) matched the previous week's score, while Chicago P.D. (1.6 adults) inched up a tenth of a point.