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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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AMERICAN IDOL: The final 2: L-R: Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.
Wednesday on TV in Utah: Fading "American Idol" will crown a champion

A winner will be declared in the season finale of American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch.13).

Will it be Phillip Phillips? Will it be Jessica Sanchez?

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The one thing we know for certain is that "American Idol" is not the sensation it once was. Yes, it's still one of the most-watched shows on television, although it slipped to No. 2 behind NBC's "Sunday Night Football" this season.

And, yes, it won its timeslot on Tuesday.

But this is a show that used to regularly draw 25-30 million viewers. Tuesday's episode attracted a bit more than 14 million.

That's great for a network TV show in 2012. But "Idol" has fallen back much closer to the rest of the pack.

Elsewhere on TV ...

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike's brother gets married - and invites people to th Hecks' house for the ceremony. (Season finale)

Betty White's Off Their Rockers (7 and 7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): More "Candid Camera"-esque hijinks.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jay and Manny babysit Lily; Alex goes to the prom; Haley makes a surprising announcement. (Season finale)

Don't Trust the B--- In Apartment 23 (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): James goes crazy wh

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