'American Idol' Finale in Canada Down Year-on-Year

Idol Coronation

Newly crowned Phillip Phillips got emotional as he sang "Home" to close the two-hour finale. He is the fifth male contestant in a row to win American Idol, continuing an all-guy streak at the arguable expense of talented ladies like Jessica Sanchez.

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Phillip Phillips' coronation made the Fox competition series the highest-rated TV show on Wednesday night, but it still fell below the 2011 audience.

TORONTO – CTV’s two-hour American Idol finale was the most-watched program on Canadian TV Wednesday night with 2.8 million total viewers.

But that’s well down on the 3.4 million viewers who watched the 2011 American Idol finale north of the border, according to BBM Canada numbers.

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The Fox talent competition's 11th season still scores with younger viewers.

Phillip Phillips' victory over Jessica Sanchez had nearly one in three viewers aged 18 to 34 years in Toronto tuning in Wednesday night, while in Vancouver it was one in four viewers in the same key demo.

CTV simulcasts American Idol, which has seen a year-to-year ratings slide.