The season 8 finale of American Idol, which saw the crowning of a stunned Kris Allen over judges’ favorite Adam Lambert, was down 12 percent from the May 2008 showdown between David Archuleta and David Cook. Although 32.5 million viewers tuned in for the last half hour of Wednesday’s Idol finale, the average for Fox’s two-hour extravaganza (27.7 million) was down nearly 4 million viewers from season 7’s last show.
|Time||Show||Viewers (in millions)|
|8 p.m.||American Idol (Fox)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
MOVIE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (ABC)
MOVIE: Take the Lead (The CW)
|8:30 p.m.||Gary Unmarried (CBS)||5.5|
|9 p.m.||Criminal Minds (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
|10 p.m.||Law & Order (NBC)||6.7|
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