A last minute vocal illness for one of the final contestants apparently resolved, American Idol’s performance finale move to Tuesday (so that the decision finale could fit within the 2010-11 broadcast season) saw it drop to a series low for a performance finale 6.2 adults 18-49 rating vs. a 7.4 rating for last week’s 2 hour Wednesday show. That’s also down 7% from last season’s performance finale. However, typical upwards adjustments in the final ratings will likely partially close those gaps. Following Idol, the Glee season finale drew a 4.6 rating, up 28% from last week’s 8pm episode, and its best rating since early March.
Of course Fox topped the adults 18-49 ratings on the night.
The two hour season finale of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars scored a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 29% vs. last week, and up 15% from last Spring’s finale (which was a series finale low).
The season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser drew a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% from last week, but it was a series low for a finale episode, down 21% from last Spring’s finale. Perhaps muted by the Dancing With The Stars finale, NBC’s latest great hope, The Voice, fell to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 16% from last week. That’s not a good omen for next season, when theyr’re currently scheduled to go head to head.
Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 24, 2011:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|8:00||FOX||AMERICAN IDOL 10 RESULTS||5.6||18||18.511|
|NBC||THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES||2.6||8||7.102|
|ABC||DANCING WITH STARS – R||1.9||6||9.803|
|CBS||NCIS – R||1.7||5||9.948|
|CW||ONE TREE HILL – R||0.2||1||0.676|
|8:30||FOX||AMERICAN IDOL 10 RESULTS||6.7||18||21.416|
|NBC||THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES||2.9||8||7.578|
|ABC||DANCING WITH STARS – R||2.2||6||10.784|
|CBS||NCIS – R||1.9||5||10.531|
|CW||ONE TREE HILL – R||0.2||1||0.596|
|ABC||DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS||4.2||11||19.819|
|NBC||THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES||3.3||8||8.596|
|CBS||NCIS: LOS ANGELES – R||1.7||4||9.379|
|CW||HELLCATS – R||0.2||1||0.619|
|ABC||DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS||4.2||10||20.029|
|NBC||THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES||3.6||9||9.056|
|CBS||NCIS: LOS ANGELES – R||1.8||4||9.161|
|CW||HELLCATS – R||0.3||1||0.802|
|10:00||ABC||DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS||4.6||11||21.449|
|CBS||NCIS – R||1.7||4||8.631|
|10:30||ABC||DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS||5.0||12||22.593|
|CBS||NCIS – R||1.6||4||8.099|
via NBC press note:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 5.0/11; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.4/7.
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.7/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.9/5.
At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).
At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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