TV Ratings Report: American Idol Surprises

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For everyone who expected American Idol to perform terribly, you were wrong. 

The final season of the singing competition managed a solid 10.8 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among 18-49. 

The Final Note

The numbers are down just two tenths and 500k viewers from last season, but up from the previous season finale (8 million/1.7 rating). Considering the current state Fox is in, these have got to be very positive numbers for them indeed. Will it be able to hold these numbers as the season goes on?

And elsewhere around the dial:

  • On CBS, 2 Broke Girls (6.3 million/1.7 rating) and Mike & Molly (6.7 million/1.6 rating) pulled in surprisingly decent numbers in new time slots. The People's Choice Awards (5.9 million/1.3 rating) failed to garner much interest.
  • On ABC, it was back to business, with The Middle (7.8 million/2.1 rating), The Goldbergs (6.6 million/2.1 rating), Modern Family (8.3 million/2.7 rating) and Black-ish (6.4 million/2.1 rating) all in line with recent airings. American Crime (4.7 million/1.2 rating) premiered way down from last season.
  • On NBC, The Mysteries of Laura (6.9 million/1.1 rating) was in line with November ratings, but Law & Order: SVU (7.8 million/1.8 rating) and Chicago PD (8.9 million/1.9 rating) both perked up.
  • And on The CW, it was encores of Arrow (1.1 million/0.4 rating) and Supernatural (0.9 million/0.3 rating).

Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.