As excited as we were to watch Southern hunk Phillip Phillips get the American Idol Season 11 win, the show’s ratings were not quite reflecting our enthusiasm for last night’s star-studded finale episode.

Idol is already expected to get a “creative reinvigoration” for Season 12 due to declining viewership, and last night’s all-time low proves that desperate times will indeed call for desperate measures.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Idol received 21.5 million viewers last night, with a 6.3 rating from the adult demographic. This translates to a 32% drop in viewership from last year’s finale, which was previously the record-setting low for the show.

The good news? The number of viewers for the finale jumped up 43% from last week’s show, and Idol is still one of television’s highest-rated programs overall.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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