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'American Idol' 2012 finale 32% down on last year

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American Idol's season 11 finale pulled in a huge audience of 20.7m last night (Wednesday), preliminary Nielsen data reveals.

However, the climax's demo rating of 6.1 with 18-49 adults is 32% inferior to last year's finale.

'American Idol' final: Jessica and Phillip duet on 'Up Where We Belong' by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

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The Middle's third season conclusion was seen by 6.5m (2.0) at 8pm, then the last Modern Family amused 10m (4.0) at 9pm.

Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 benefited from a higher Modern Family lead-in, soaring to 5.7m (2.4) at 9.30pm.

Thriller Revenge rallied to 7.8m (2.4) for its last 2011/12 episode on the Alphabet Network in the 10pm hour, showing promising signs that it will hold up in its new Sunday 9pm slot from the fall.

Law & Order: SVU had a less satisfying time, with the five-year-old NBC drama's 7m (1.9) representing its lowest-rated finale ever.

Betty White's Off Their Rockers was the Peacock Network's only other new program, entertaining 5.5m (1.5) in the 8pm junction.

America's Next Top Model stayed steady with 917k (0.4) for The CW.

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