Depending on how you look at it, FOX's "American Idol
" was either down notably from last week's airing, or up notably from the comparable airing last year. Either way, the FOX talent show dominated the 8 p.m. hour and carried FOX to yet another comfortable Wednesday win.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.4 rating for the night, easily tops in the key demographic. CBS was a distant second with a Â 2.8 rating, followed by ABC's 2.1 rating and the 1.5 rating for NBC. Fifth place went to The CW with a 0.7 rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 17.23 million viewers and a 10.0 rating/16 share. CBS was second with a 6.7/11 and 10.74 million viewers. There was a big gap to ABC's 3.8/6 and 5.86 million viewers and, right behind, the 3.2/5 and 5.03 million viewers for NBC. The CW was last with a 1.1/2 and 1.5 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
"American Idol" ruled the 8 p.m. hour for FOX with 19.435 million viewers and a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49. [That's off from over 21 million and a 6.7 demo rating for the first hour last Wednesday and NBC might also note that "The Voice" did a 5.8 demo rating for the 10 p.m. hour last night.] CBS' "Survivor
: Redemption Island" averaged 10.66 million viewers and a 3.0 demo rating, in line with season averages. ABC's new episodes of "The Middle" and "Better with You" averaged 6.32 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating in third, still topping the 3.38 million viewers for NBC's "Minute to Win It." A repeat of "America's Next Top Model
" averaged 1.145 million viewers on The CW.
9 p.m. -
FOX remained in first with "American Idol" (a big bump to 22.79 million viewers and a 7.1 demo rating) and "Breaking In
" (7.25 million viewers and a 2.5 demo rating, down only slightly from last week). CBS' "Criminal Minds
" was a competitive second with 12.82 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating. ABC finished third with "Modern Family
" (9.64 million and a 3.8 demo) and "Cougar Town
" (5.56 million and a 2.2 demo rating). NBC's repeat of "Minute to Win It" averaged 3.41 million viewers in fourth. The CW's new "America's Next Top Model" drew a low 1.86 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating.
10 p.m. -
CBS moved into first for the 10 p.m. hour with 8.75 million viewers for "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," which was second with a 2.2 demo rating. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was a close second in viewers with 8.31 million (beating CBS in the 10:30 half-hour) and won the hour with a 2.5 demo rating. ABC's two new episode of "Happy Endings
" finished third with 3.66 million viewers and a 1.6 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.