UPDATE, 3:14 PM: The final results are in and American Idol has adjusted up in the numbers. While the 2.6/9 rating (up from the 2.5/8 of fast nationals earlier today) is still a new all-time low for regularly scheduled show in the Fox series, the rise in viewership does offer some good news. Idol’s total viewership went up to 11.3 million in the final numbers. Unlike the indication from this morning’s fast nationals, the final number now show that the show has not hit its lowest viewership since August 2002. Today’s final numbers match the final numbers for the two-hour May 2 Idol broadcast. The highest rated and most watched show of the night earlier and still now, CBS’s Big Bang Theory went up in final numbers. The sitcom was up three tenths to a 4.9/17 from its 4.6/16 of fast nationals. That’s up 4% from last week’s finals. BBT was also up to 16.29 million viewers from the 15.69 million of preliminary numbers. While down 6% from last year’s finale in final numbers, last night’s Parks and Recreation season ender was up 23% in the finals from the week before with a 1.6/4. Hannibal, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee and Two And A Half Men were all adjusted up a tenth in the final numbers.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:12 AM: A full week into the May sweep, there was almost nowhere to go but up for most shows last night after the lows and the NFL Draft last Thursday. That however ended up not being the case for everyone, and especially not for American Idol (2.5/8). There wasn’t any more bickering between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but Idol still fell to a new regularly scheduled show low. Even though the episode pulled out all the stops on “throwback Thursday,” as Ryan Seacrest called it, Idol still was down more than the previous all-time adults 18-49 low of last week. The show dipped 7% from April 25’s fast nationals and 11% from last week’s final numbers. Fox’s long-running competition series slipped 4% in viewership from last week to 11.0 million, the lowest viewership the series has seen since August 7, 2002 — during its first season. Following Idol, a a Stevie Wonder-themed Glee (1.8/5) was even with last week.