American Idol finale posts low numbers in US, wins night in Canada

American Idol has posted its worst US numbers for a season finale in its history.

The season 11 finale this week, where Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner over Jessica Sanchez, was watched by 21.5 million people on Fox in America, which is down 26% on last season.

While the numbers are still big for a single show of any kind, they are well down on previous finales, including that of season one way back in 2002.

Here in Canada, 2.8 million viewers tuned in on CTV, which was enough to secure the number one spot for the show on Wednesday night.

The season finale was also CTV’s most-watched episode of Idol this season and the highest-rating reality finale of the season in Canada.

This year’s finale was certainly not short of star power, with appearances by Rihanna, John Fogerty, Reba McEntire and Steven Tyler’s Aerosmith.

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