"Idol" has its lowest-rated season finale, down nearly 8 million from last year

About 13.61 million watched this year's finale compared to 21.5 million last year. This was the first "Idol" finale to be under 20 million viewers. PLUS: "The Office" finale delivers the show's best ratings in 16 months.

Norman Weiss has been doing TV Tattle since the week "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled. He is a Hollywood outsider who was born and raised in Hollywood. "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are broadcast 2 blocks from his high school.