Despite the interesting night and the hype surrounding the annual event, ratings have been slipping in recent years. In 1991, there were over 26 million viewers that tuned in to the show. This year, the show only brought in only 3.5 million viewers.
To put this in perspective, the finale of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" brought in 4.32 million viewers, according to TV By the Numbers.
With Beautiful Women Available with a Click of the Mouse, Miss America is Losing Appeal
Miss America 2010 had 53 contestants: one from each of the 50 states, plus competitors from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. The seven judges included Viveca Fox and Rush Limbaugh, which made for a very interesting night.