Matthew Gray Gubler of "Criminal Minds"
The good news for FOX was that the network won Wednesday night by a comfortable margin in all key measurements. The bad news for FOX was that although the other networks were flat or also down slightly, "American Idol
" shed nearly three million viewers and nearly a whole ratings point among young adults from last week for the episode that began the unveiling of the season's Top 24.
[Note that while "Idol" took a pretty large drop from last Wednesday's episode, it was only down a little in viewers from last Thursday's telecast and possibly even slightly up in the key demo.]
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.1 rating for the night, easily beating the 2.9 rating for CBS. ABC's 2.4 rating and the 1.2 rating for NBC followed, while The CW posted a 0.5 key demo rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.88 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/14 share for Wednesday primetime. CBS was second with a 7.1/11 and 11.57 million viewers. ABC was a distant third with a 4.3/7 and 6.85 million viewers, still way ahead of NBC's 2.8/4 and 4.13 million viewers. The CW trailed for the night with a 0.8/1 and 1.07 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
"American Idol" started primetime in first with 15.35 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second with "Survivor: One World," which averaged 10.315 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating, both down from last week's premiere. ABC's "The Middle
" (7.5 million and a 2.3 key demo) and "Suburgatory" (6.79 million and a 2.3 key demo) were third, easily beating NBC's "Whitney" (4.125 million and a 1.5 key demo) and "Are You There, Chelsea?" (3.4 million and a 1.3 key demo). The CW's "One Tree Hill
" averaged 1.37 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, making it the only show in the hour to remain flat from last week.
9 p.m. -
The second hour of "American Idol" rose slightly for FOX, but still only averaged 16.41 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, way off from the second hour bump last week. CBS' "Criminal Minds
" was up from last week with 12.62 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating. ABC was third with "Modern Family
" (11.48 million viewers and a 4.7 key demo) and the usual drop to "Happy Endings
" (5.7 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo). NBC's "Rock Center" delivered a miniscule 2.69 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, which still easily beat the 759,000 viewers and 0.3 key demo rating for The CW's "Remodeled
10 p.m. -
With reduced competition, CBS' "CSI
: Crime Scene Investigation" rose to 11.77 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating to rule the 10 p.m. hour. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second with 5.94 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. ABC's "20/20" averaged 4.81 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.