Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
Despite another night of declining numbers for "American Idol," FOX had no trouble carrying a sluggish, repeat-filled Wednesday night in all key measures, as "Mobbed" performed better with an "Idol" lead-in than as a stand-alone. We know the latter fact shocks you.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 4.4 rating, far ahead of CBS' 1.9 rating in the key demographic. ABC and NBC both posted 1.5 ratings in the key demo, while The CW averaged a 0.5 rating. 
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 13.06 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share for Wednesday night, easily topping the 5.2/8 and 8.1 million viewers for CBS. There was a big drop to NBC's 4.955 million viewers and 3.3/5, which just edged out the 3.1/5 and 4.77 million viewers for ABC. The CW averaged a 0.8/1 and 1.11 million viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 for Wednesday primetime.]
8 p.m. - "American Idol" kicked off primetime in first with 18.19 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49, off from the 19.5 million and 6.4 key demo rating for last Wednesday's "Idol" Fast Nationals. CBS' "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" averaged 8.66 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating for a comfortable second. ABC's repeats of "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" were third overall with 4.56 million viewers and fourth with a 1.2 key demo rating. NBC was fourth overall and third in the demo with "Whitney" (4.44 million and a 1.7 key demo) and "Are You There, Chelsea?" (4.08 million and a 1.7 key demo), which were both up from last week among young viewers. The CW's "One Tree Hill" averaged 1.47 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with 8.23 million viewers and finished third with a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "Mobbed" averaged 7.94 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.9 key demo rating, holding fairly steady in its second half-hour. ABC's "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings" averaged 6.455 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating, beating the 4.79 million and 1.1 key demo rating for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat. The CW's "Remodeled" averaged 745,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo, actually up from last week in viewers.

10 p.m. - The 10 p.m. hour was all repeats, with CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" leading overall with 7.4 million viewers and finishing second with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second with 5.82 million viewers and won the hour in the key demo with a 1.6 key demo rating. ABC's "Revenge" trailed with 3.29 million viewers and a 0.9 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.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.