FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL dominated the night and led the network to victory among Adults 18-49, Total Viewers, Adults 18-34, Teens and all key demos.
AMERICAN IDOL delivered an 8.1/23 among Adults 18-49 and was the highest-rated program of the night in all key demos and outperformed the next highest-rated program of the night by +88% in Adults 18-49 (8.1 vs. Modern Family’s 4.3) and +77% in Total Viewers (22.8 vs. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, 12.9 Mil.).
AMERICAN IDOL retained 96% of last Wednesday’s performance in A18-49 (8.1/23 vs. 8.4/23) and outperformed last Thursday by +11% in A18-49 (vs. 7.3/20).
In Total Viewers, AMERICAN IDOL retained 95% of last Wed (22.8 vs. 24.1 Mil) and grew over Thursday by +4% (vs. 21.9 Mil.).
AMERICAN IDOL showed significant growth throughout the night gaining in its last half hour versus its first by +45% in A18-49 (9.6 vs. 6.6) and +37% in Total Viewers (26.2 vs. 19.1 Mil.)
Last night, FOX outperformed the combined 4-net competition for the night by +13% in Adults 18-49 (8.1 vs. 7.2 for ABC/CBS/NBC/CW) and outperformed its nearest competitor for the night by +153% in Adults 18-49 (8.1 vs. 3.2 for CBS) and +85% in Total Viewers (22.8 vs. CBS’ 12.3 Mil.)
ABC’s The Middle (2.3/7) and Better with You (1.8/5) posted their lowest original ratings this season (excluding Thanksgiving week), dropping -15% and -22% from their prior season averages (2.7/8 and 2.3/7), respectively.
The Middle was down -12% from last week and it was a season low for the series. Better With You was down -14% from last week’s telecast and its lowest episode ever.
Modern Family (4.3/12) was on the low side at 9p, while week two of new comedy Mr. Sunshine (2.6/7) dropped -30% from its series premiere (3.7/10) at 930p.
Modern Family was down -16% from last week. Closing out the night, Off the Map (1.5/4) was its lowest to date, down -21% from last week’s telecast and down -25% from its prior season average (2.0/6).
From 8-11p, last night was ABC’s lowest rated Wednesday this season with a full slate of original series programming.
On CBS, the premiere of Survivor: Redemption Island (3.2/9) posted the franchise’s lowest rating ever (excluding clip shows and Thanksgiving week episodes), dropping -20% from the premiere of Survivor: Nicaragua this fall (4.0/13 on 9/15/10) and -29% from the premiere of Survivor: Heroes & Villains last spring (4.5/12 on 2/11/10).
Following a below-average Criminal Minds (3.2/9, down -11% from last week’s telecast and down -9% from its original season average), the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior posted a 3.3/10 at 10p.
Following a lowest-ever Minute to Win It (1.0/3) at 8p, down -41% from last week’s telecast. At 10 pm, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (2.2/6) was on the low side at 10p, down -15% from last week and its prior season average with first-run episodes (2.6/7).