"American Idol" wrapped its twelfth season on Fox with a low for a finale.
Fast national returns have the two-hour episode (which aired between 8 and 10:08 p.m.) averaging a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49, a massive 47 percent drop from last year's ender. Among total viewers, "American Idol" was down 8 million viewers to 13.6 million -- the first time a finale has not reached the 20-million mark.
Though "American Idol" still easily won the night for Fox, and ratings will surely see some improvement when final returns come in later on Friday, it will still by a far cry from last year's ender. That episode, on the less competitive Wednesday, brought in a finale low of a 6.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.5 million viewers -- and that were down from the 9.2 adults rating and 29.3 million in 2011.
Full numbers for the "Idol" finale, which saw Candice Glover take the crown and become the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, will be released later today. The two-hour finale also included performances from Mariah Carey, Adam Lambert and Jennifer Lopez.
[Additional reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard]