Battling Finales: American Idol Powers Past Dancing With The Stars in Ratings

It’s on to the summer. But not before American Idol and Dancing With The Stars completed their season last week.

In the latest prime time New York ratings, Idol was king of the week with its star-studded, grand finale Wednesday night. The Fox competition, which crowned Phillip Phillips the winner, scored with an estimated 1.8 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and a 9.1 rating.

Not only did Phillips win the night, the Fox 5 News at 10 used that lead-in to its advantage. The Ernie Anastos-Dari Alexander newscast was sixth with 865,000 viewers and a 4.4 rating.

The previous night’s Idol settled for fourth with 1.1 million fans and a 6.0 rating.

As for Dancing, it ended the season with a number-two performance for the Monday episode (1.4 million/7.3). The ABC celebrity talent showcase also found a home in third place for the results (1.3 million/6.6).

Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals on NBC Sports Network landed in eighth place, as the Rangers were elimated by the Devils (806,000/4.1). Game 5 also cracked the Top 10 at number 9 (722,000/3.7).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • Fifth                           Modern Family WABC      (990,000/5.1)
  • Seventh                 America’s Got Talent WNBC     (839,000/4.3)
  • *Tenth                                Glee WNYW    (707,000/3.6)
  • *Tenth                   House (series finale)     WNYW    (697,000/3.6)


There were two entries for the NBA playoffs—number 19 on ESPN (588,000/3.0), where the Heat topped the Pacers in advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. On TNT, the start of the West Finals drew 516,000 fans and a 2.6 rating for a 22nd-place showing.