Mandi Bierly
May 21, 2009 AT 09:20 PM EDT

The season 8 finale of American Idol, which saw the crowning of a stunned Kris Allen over judges’ favorite Adam Lambert, was down 12 percent from the May 2008 showdown between David Archuleta and David Cook. Although 32.5 million viewers tuned in for the last half hour of Wednesday’s Idol finale, the average for Fox’s two-hour extravaganza (27.7 million) was down nearly 4 million viewers from season 7’s last show.





























Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (Fox)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
MOVIE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (ABC)
MOVIE: Take the Lead (The CW)
5.0 (repeat)
8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried (CBS) 5.5
9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
4.3 (repeat)
10 p.m. Law & Order (NBC) 6.7

More ‘American Idol’:

Kris Allen post-finale Q&A

Adam Lambert post-finale Q&A

Michael Slezak’s recap of the finale

Michael Slezak’s live blog of the finale

‘American Idol’: On the scene for the finale!

EW’s ‘American Idol’ HQ: ‘Idolatry’ video series, photo galleries, and more

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