The American Idol franchise is in its final week of competition and the show’s third season is off to a roaring start, according to an ESPN Insider analysis.
With the season finale tonight (Tuesday), “American Idol” is currently the No. 1 U.K. cable-news hit and has already averaged 4.2 million viewers per episode on ESPN.
That is more than double the average U.D. viewership of 3.4 million viewers in the show last season.
The season finale was the best-rated episode on ABC’s “GMA,” which is the No .1 U.A.C.A.-rated network.
The final episode of the season averaged 3.5 million viewers.
That puts the show on pace for a 10.7 rating/5 share, which is a new high for the network and the best result since 2009, when the show averaged 3 million viewers a night.
On NBC, “The Voice” is on pace to break its own record with more than 3 million audience.
That would put the show behind only the 2012 finale of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” which had more than 2 million viewers, but it’s not out of the woods yet.
The series has yet to win a new “America’s Cup” and the first season of the UDN is expected to be the No 1 show in U.U.S., according to ESPN Insider.
But the show has earned a spot on the UOOTR, a ratings index used by the NCAA for all of its competitions.
The top U.O.C.-rated show, “American Hustle,” is averaging 4.6 million viewers and is ahead of “Empire,” which currently has 4.1 million viewers for its third season.