Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert to become the show's singing champ.

The "American Idol" finale drew its smallest audience since 2004 as an estimated 28.8 million viewers tuned in Wednesday to watch underdog Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert, the Fox network said on Thursday.
Nielsen Media Research says,nearly 29 million viewers tuned in for the finale Wednesday night. "American Idol" viewership was one-third larger than the total audience logged by Fox's rival networks ABC, CBS, NBC and CW.
Audiences fell off despite tweaks by "Idol" producers aimed at freshening the show, including the addition of a fourth judge -- songwriter Kara DioGuardi -- to the panel this year.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" helped carry the Fox network to its fifth straight win for the entire broadcast season among viewers age 18-to-49 years old.

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