It may have been a life-altering night for Phillip Phillips on Wednesday, but it was a sobering one for Fox executives, who watched American Idol fall to an all-time season finale low for the second consecutive year.
This year's concluding broadcast was down about 32% from the season 10 farewell in key demographics. We run down the final figures below...
American Idol: 20.7 million viewers
The Middle: 6.5 million/Modern Family rerun: 6 million
The Big Bang Theory rerun: 5.6 million/Two and a Half Men rerun: 4.4 million
Betty White's Off Their Rockers: 5.4 million/Betty White's Off Their Rockers rerun: 5.3 million
America's Next Top Model rerun: 895,000
Modern Family: 9.9 million/Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23: 5.7 million
Criminal Minds rerun: 6.3 million
Law & Order SVU rerun: 3.7 million
America's Next Top Model: 917,000
Revenge: 7.7 million
Law & Order SVU: 7 million
Criminal Minds rerun: 6.2 million