TV Ratings: ‘American Idol’ finale gives FOX a narrow overall Wednesday win

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Once guaranteed to be one of the top entertainment broadcasts of the entire season, Wednesday's “American Idol” Season 14 finale gave FOX a slim overall win, but finished behind five other shows for the night in the key demographic.

“Idol” used to be an unstoppable juggernaut among young women in particular, but Wednesday's finale finished eighth for the night among women 18-49 and ninth among women 18-34.

The week-to-week finale bump for “American Idol” was a 0.1 in the key demo.

Keep in mind, though, that the “Idol” finale extended six minutes into the 10 p.m. hour, which isn't counted here. 

There was better news for NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Chicago PD,” which both rose week-to-week, and for ABC's “The Goldbergs” finale, which was also up. Penultimate episodes for “Modern Family” and “Black-ish,” however, were down.

Let's get to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.8 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. FOX finished second with a 1.6 key demo rating, followed closely by CBS' 1.5 rating and the 1.4 key demo rating for NBC. The CW averaged a 0.9 key demo rating for the night.