American Idol Finale Outdraws Oscars On TV

The finale of Fox’s “American Idol” averaged 33.7 million views. “That was a bigger audience than the 33.1 million who watched the Academy Awards in March, traditionally the most-viewed entertainment event of the year, according to Nielsen Media Research. During the last half hour of the 8 to 10 p.m. special, when the winner was announced, viewership climbed to just under 40 million people.”