An estimated 31.4 million people tuned in to watch Fantasia Barrino's <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/music/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000520071">tearstained victory</A> at

An estimated 31.4 million people tuned in to watch Fantasia Barrino's tearstained victory at the conclusion of "American Idol," Nielsen Media Research said today (May 27).

That was down slightly from the 33.7 million who watched Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken at the end of last season.

Overall, ratings for the full third season of "American Idol" were up about 15% over last year, Nielsen said.


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