May 25, 2011 9:56am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Glee' Finale Rises; 'Dancing With the Stars' Results Show, 'American Idol' Dip
In a fight for reality TV supremacy, three reality shows went head-to-head on Tuesday night, but the night's victor wasn't a surprise at all.
Fox's American Idol final performance show (20 million total viewers, 6.2 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) sank 7 percent in the key demo compared with last spring's performance finale, according to preliminary numbers. Though viewership remained steady (20 million vs. 20.1 million), Idol has retained 95 percent of its viewers in adults 18-49 (8.3 vs. 8.7) and is up slightly in total viewers (24.8 million vs. 23.9 million) from the time period last season.
Idol's ratings performance helped Glee's (12.1 million, 4.6) finale numbers improve double digits -- and trumped NBC's freshman series The Voice in the demo. Fox easily topped the night, averaging a 5.4 rating and placed a close second in viewers, averaging 16 million.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars (19.9 million, 4.5), which crowned professional football player Hines Ward as the champion, sank 15 percent from its fall finale last year -- but most notably, DWTS topped Idol in viewers. But at 9 p.m., it still ranked as the highest-rated non-scripted program. The network led off with a DWTS recap show (10.3 million, 2.0), down 17 percent. ABC was Tuesday's most-watched network, averaging 17.4 million.
NBC's The Biggest Loser (8.1 million, 3.1), which revealed that tennis player Anna Kournikova would be joining the competition series as a celebrity trainer next season, sank 21 percent to its lowest-rated regular finale ever. At 10 p.m., the fifth episode of The Voice (8.5 million, 3.8) didn't exactly see an uptick in the ratings, dipping double digits from the previous week for a series low.
CBS and the CW aired repeats.