Idol finale slips 19 percent from last year

Just 29.5 million tuned in to last night’s Blake-Jordin showdown, down from 36.4 million last year. Among adults 18-49, Idol nabbed a 11.1, below its season average.

In Chicago, Idol nabbed a 28 household share, but it was outdrawn by Dancing With The Stars with a 30 household share.

But to put it all in perspective, this year’s NFC Championship Game between the Bears and the Saints drew a 74 share locally. Super Bowl XLI, which had the Bears taking on the Colts, drew a 77 household share.

Take that, Idol! (Though Dancing is no better.)