TV Ratings: Wilting 'Idol' leads FOX Wednesday, 'The 100' dips, 'Modern Family' rises
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.1 rating for Wednesday night, just ahead of the 1.8 rating for ABC in the key demographic. CBS was a close third with a 1.7 key demo rating, far ahead of the 0.8 key demo rating for NBC and The CW.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 9.15 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/9 share for Wednesday night, topping CBS' 8.15 million and 5.1/8. ABC was third with 6.11 million viewers and a 4.0/6, far ahead of the 3.68 million viewers and 2.5/4 for NBC. The CW averaged 2.415 million viewers and a 1.6/3 for the night.
8 p.m. - "Survivor: Cagayan" averaged 9.76 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, down a hair in the key demo and up overall, to win the hour. FOX's "American Idol" was second with 8.65 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating, both down from the same hour last week. ABC was third with "The Middle" (7.07 million and a 1.9 key demo) and a big drop to "Suburgatory" (4.87 million and a 1.4 key demo rating). NBC's somewhat inexplicable "Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes" special averaged a predictably weak 3.75 million viewers for fourth and a 0.8 key demo rating for fifth. The CW's "Arrow" rose from last week with 2.57 million viewers for fifth and came in fourth with a 0.9 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "American Idol" won the 9 p.m. hour with 9.65 million viewers, but finished second with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second overall and won the key demo with "Modern Family" (9.69 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo) and a huge drop to "Mixology" (4.9 million and a 1.7 key demo). CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" was third with 7.29 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. A "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat averaged 3.49 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating for NBC, beating the 2.26 million viewers and 0.7 key demo rating for The CW's second episode of "The 100."
10 p.m. - A "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" repeat won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 7.39 million viewers and tied for first with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Nashville" averaged 5.06 million viewers for second and tied for the lead with a 1.3 key demo rating. NBC's "Chicago PD" repeat averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.