TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Gives 'Glee' Finale a Boost, 'Dancing' and 'Talent' Tie for Second
Fox tops the demo with the last night of competition, while ABC crowns Donald Driver as its 14th "Star" to the tune of 17.5 million viewers.
Fox scored a softer win Tuesday night, shifting the schedule a bit to accommodate the season finale of Glee and the penultimate episode of American Idol.
The lineup, which saw Glee bow an hour later than normal at 9 p.m., duplicated the musical's primetime launch three years ago with an Idol lead-in. It brought the network an average 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers for the night, with Idol pulling a 4.2 in the demo (down 14 percent from last week's two-hour episode) and Glee up 20 percent from last week with a 3.0 adult rating. Even with the boost, however, it was down a point and a half from the previous season finale.
Dancing With the Stars closed the book on another season with a two-hour finale, earning a recent results-show-high of a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 17.5 million viewers but still down considerably from the finales of yesteryear -- most notably by 30 percent in the demo from last spring's ender. Kicking off the night with an encore of the Monday performances, ABC averaged a 2.6 rating for the night and a dominant 14.6 million viewers.
NBC pulled in third with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. A repeat of America's Got Talent led into a new episode, tying Dancing with a 3.2 in the demo, and a Dateline special that pulled in a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49.
Encores filled the CBS, giving the Eye a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers for the night. Its sister network, The CW, only had one new offering with the 9 p.m. broadcast of The L.A. Complex, which pulled in a 0.2 in the demo.