'American Idol' 2012 finale 32% down on last year
Published May 24 2012, 17:26 BST | By Paul Millar American Idol
's season 11 finale pulled in a huge audience of 20.7m last night (Wednesday), preliminary Nielsen data reveals.
However, the climax
's demo rating of 6.1
with 18-49 adults is 32% inferior to last year's finale.The Middle
's third season conclusion was seen by 6.5m (2.0
) at 8pm, then the last Modern Family
amused 10m (4.0
) at 9pm.Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23
benefited from a higher Modern Family
lead-in, soaring to 5.7m (2.4
) at 9.30pm.
rallied to 7.8m (2.4
) for its last 2011/12 episode on the Alphabet Network in the 10pm hour, showing promising signs that it will hold up in its new Sunday 9pm slot from the fall.Law & Order: SVU
had a less satisfying time, with the five-year-old NBC drama's 7m (1.9
) representing its lowest-rated finale ever.Betty White's Off Their Rockers
was the Peacock Network's only other new programme, entertaining 5.5m (1.5
) in the 8pm junction.America's Next Top Model
stayed steady with 917k (0.4
) for The CW.