How Many People Watched American Idol's Finale? Lots!

... The finale of American Idol happened last night, as if you didn't know, and a lot of people tuned in. How many? An average of 29.3 million, up more than 20 percent from last season. At its peak (probably during the crowning of the new Idol), 38.6 million people were tuned-in. So much for this season marking the beginning of the end for the series. It's the first time in five years that the show has seen an increase in audience. [TV Line]

... British actress Saffron Burrows (coolest name in show biz?) is leaving her role as the female lead in Fox's upcoming Bones spin-off The Finder. Producers are "re-conceiving" her character, which is a nice way of saying getting rid of her. Elsewhere, Beverly D'Angelo is being recast on NBC's Whitney. [EW]

... Weeds' next season debuts on June 27, and when it returns it's going to look a lot different. Actors Martin Short and Aidan Quinn are joining the series as an eccentric lawyer and the CEO of an investment firm, respectively. The show will also be changing cities and moving the clock forward, joining Nancy three years in the future as she lives out her probation in New York City. [TV Line]

... HBO GO, the online and mobile extension of HBO, will be debuting the first three minutes of the upcoming season of True Blood starting this Sunday. It's only available for HBO subscribers though, so everyone else will have to wait until June 26. [The Live Feed]

... Oprah said goodbye to The Oprah Winfrey Show this week, and her followers watched. The final episode, which aired on Wednesday afternoon, drew a 13.3 household rating, which equates to approximately 17-18 million people. [TV By the Numbers]

... Bravo is moving forward with a new reality show centered on former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, proving that TV is running out of people to make reality shows about. The show, which is called Kara, will follow her while she does whatever it is that she does. [EW]

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