Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips

The good news? American Idol topped Wednesday. The bad? It's the show's lowest-rated finale ever.

Idol's 127-minute results show set the new low with an average of 21 million viewers and a 6.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. In comparison, last year's finale earned 29.3 million viewers and a 9.2, which was up from 2010's 24 million and an 8.2. Idol, however, grew 43 percent from last week's numbers.

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ABC placed second, enjoying bumps for all of its season finales. The Middle (6.5 million, 2.0) and Modern Family (9.9 million, 4.0) both climbed a tenth in the demo this week, but were down slightly from last year's finale ratings. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 rebounded from a series low, jumping 32 percent to 5.7 million viewers and a 2.5. Revenge (7.7 million, 2.4) grew 20 percent.

Like Idol, Law & Order: SVU (6.9 million, 1.9) also posted its lowest-rated finale ever.

8 p.m.
CBS:
The Big Bang Theory (R) 5.5 million viewers (1.5); Two and a Half Men (R) 4.4 million (1.2)
ABC: The Middle 6.5 million (2.0); Modern Family (R) 6 million (2.0)
Fox: American Idol 21 million (6.1) [8-10:07 p.m.]
NBC: Betty White's Off Their Rockers 5.4 million (1.5); Betty White's Off Their Rockers (R) 5.3 million (1.5)
CW: America's Next Top Model (R) 0.8 million (0.3)

9 p.m.
CBS:
Criminal Minds (R) 6.3 million (1.6)
ABC: Modern Family 9.9 million (4.0); Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 5.7 million (2.5)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (R) 3.7 million (0.9)
CW: America's Next Top Model 0.9 million (0.4)

10 p.m.
CBS:
Criminal Minds (R) 6.2 million (1.6)
ABC: Revenge 7.7 million (2.4)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU 6.9 million (1.9)