Ratings: “American Idol” Falls Against ACM Awards, “Walking Dead” Season Finale

ABC’s “American Idol” fell to a new season low.

Jurnee on Idol | Eric McCandless/ABC

Facing competition from the ACM Awards (which actually featured “Idol” judge Luke Bryan) from start-to-finish and the season finale of “The Walking Dead” in hour two, ABC’s “American Idol” predictably slipped in the ratings this week.

According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Sunday’s “American Idol” drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 6.25 million overall viewers.

The season low numbers trail the 1.5 rating and 7.23 million viewer mark posted by last week’s episode.

While “American Idol” ratings (solid by overall TV standards but contextually underwhelming given the legacy and budget of the franchise) remain a relevant topic of discussion, the heavy competition makes it unlikely anyone will specifically sweat this specific performance.

“Idol” led into ABC’s heavily hyped James Comey interview, which posted strong numbers by timeslot standards. It drew a 1.7 rating and 9.78 million viewers in the 10PM hour.

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