Originally Posted by Jarod M
Uhh, last year's final 3 show, also 2 hours and telecast on May 18, 2011, scored a 7.4 rating
, compared to the 4.9 for this week's performance show. That is down 34%. The only thing that improved were its numbers over last week but I think that is the bump that normally happens for the final 3 show. Down 34% is a terrible number, even taking into consideration the overall drop for tv shows in the last year.
'Idol' surges in penultimate performance show
Posts best rating for any show this May sweeps, a 4.8 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 17, 2012
Clearly the end of "American Idol" is near.
The show saw a big week-to-week bump in ratings for its penultimate performance episode, leading into next week's season finale.
"Idol" averaged a 4.8 in adults 18-49 from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 9 percent from a 4.4 last week.
"Idol" became the highest-rated show so far during the May sweeps, which ends next Wednesday.
It peaked with a 5.3 in its final half hour at 9:30, and it seemed to take a bite out of ABC's competing lineup.