|New American Idol winner Scotty McCreery|
Oprah Winfrey’s grand finale drew an overnight, estimated 1.6 million viewers to CTV Wednesday in Canada, a record for the series according to the network. The daytime talk show drew two and a half times its season average Wednesday and was the second highest non-sports draw night or day on any network in Canada.
Oprah built to its conclusion with star-packed stadium showings Monday (1.33 million) and Tuesday (1.53 million). Wednesday’s finale was a low key event, with Winfrey curing the lame and granting benediction to the faithful.
The one entertainment show to top Oprah Wednesday was the 10th season finale of American Idol. 3.4 million saw country crooner Scotty McCreery (left) crowned the winner. CTV says the audience was up 19% over last year’s 2.9 million Idol finale.
Idol’s finale still won’t be the top-rated show of the week. Tuesday’s double overtime win by the Vancouver Canucks over the San Jose Sharks scored 4.03 million CBC viewers.