Number of people who watched the "American Idol" finale in 2010:

20.1 million
Down from 24.4 million in 2009.
Source: USA Today, 6/2/2010

 
   
  Average number of Twitters posted about "American Idol" in 2010 during the broadcast of each episode:

25,000

Source: New York Times, 5/22/2010

 
   
  Total salary and benefits earned by Paula Abdul for her role on "American Idol" in 2009:

$3.5 million
According to The New York Times, Abdul earned $2 million in salary and another $1.5 million for expenses and other benefits on American Idol. The show offered her around $5 million to come back for 2010, but she refused the offer and announced that she would not be returning.
Source: New York Times, 8/6/2009

 
   
  Number of viewers who watched the final American Idol episode on May 20, 2009:

23.8 million
Down from 27.1 million for the final American Idol episode in 2008.
Source: USA Today, 5/21/2009