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Wednesday on TV in Utah: Fading "American Idol" will crown a champion

Published May 23, 2012 10:34 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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?

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