Lynette Rice
June 09, 2010 AT 04:17 PM EDT

Image Credit: Adam Rose/FoxThe finale of Glee on Tuesday lured nearly 11 million viewers and finished the year as the highest-rated season-ender for all freshman series, according to preliminary ratings. The drama posted a 4.6 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 – up 18 percent from last week – and was up 21% in total viewers. Fox says the finale also represented the show’s highest-rated telecast without a lead-in from American Idol.  

Glee won its hour among adults 18-49, adults 18-34, teens and all female demographics. Glee was also up 59% in total viewers versus what it averaged in the fall when it aired on Wednesdays (11.6 million versus 7.3 million).

ABC – which had the NBA Finals – won the night in viewers (10.52 million), followed by CBS (9.18 million), Fox (8.93 million) and NBC (8.84 million).

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