Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
While Tuesday's "American Idol" performance show took a big dive in the ratings, Wednesday's results telecast was relatively flat from last week, helping FOX to control the night despite low numbers from a "Lie to Me" repeat.
Meanwhile, after an already dismal debut, ABC's "Happy Town" went totally into the tank in its second airing.
Among adults 18-49, FOX won Wednesday with a 3.8 rating, far ahead of the 2.4 rating for CBS or ABC's 2.0 rating in the key demographic. NBC finished fourth for the night with a 1.7 rating, leaving The CW in fifth with a 1.0 rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 11.75 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/12 share. CBS was a solid second with a 6.1/11. NBC was a distant third with a 3.8/7, nipping the 3.7/6 for ABC. The CW's 1.4/2 trailed.
CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.1/7 for a new "New Adventures of Old Christine" and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory." ABC's repeat of "The Middle" and a new "The Middle" averaged a 3.7/7 for second and tied with CBS' comedies for first in the demo. NBC's repeat of "Minute to Win It" was third, beating the 2.9/5 for FOX's "Lie To Me" repeat. The CW finished fifth overall with the 2.2/4 for "America's Next Top Model," which did a 1.5 demo rating, beating FOX for fourth.
"American Idol" dominated the 9 p.m. hour with an 11.1/18, averaging 19.05 million viewers and a 6.3 demo rating. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was second for the hour with a 7.6/12, also finishing second in the demo. ABC's "Modern Family" (5.5/9 and a 3.8 demo rating) and "Cougar Town" (3.8/6 and a 2.4 demo rating) were third. NBC's "Mercy" had a 2.6/4 and a 1.0 demo rating for fourth, dismal numbers, but still better than The CW's finale figures for "Fly Girls," which finished fifth.
In the 10 p.m. hour, CBS' "CSI: NY" finished first overall with a  6.6/12. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second overall with a 5.5/10 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 2.6 rating. ABC's "Happy Town" did a 2.7/5 and a 1.2 demo rating in its second airing, with its overall viewership falling to under 3.9 million. 
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.