Wednesday Ratings Showdown Between 'Idol' and 'Survivor' TVbytheNumbers

Most of the programming on the major broadcast networks Wednesday night was recycled, but fresh installments of Fox’s “American Idol” and CBS’s “Survivor” waged a battle for supremacy in the 8 p.m. hour before CBS dipped into its bag of repeat programming starting at 9 p.m.

Based on Nielsen overnights, “Idol” was the winner in the key 18-49 demo. reports that the two-hour singing competition delivered a 3.3 average, powering Fox to an easy win for prime time overall. “Idol” was up 3% in the demo from last week.

“Survivor” equaled last week’s 2.6 average in 18-49 as CBS settled for second place overall.

ABC’s “Suburgatory” wrapped up its season on a less-than-spectacular note with back-to-back episodes that produced a 1.5 average in viewers 18-49 for the 8 p.m. edition -- equaling the series’ all-time low -- followed by a slightly better but still ho-hum 1.7 for the season finale at 8:30. That number was 25% below what “The Middle” delivered last week in the time slot.

ABC also ran a fresh episode of “How to Live With Your Parents” at 9:30 and was rewarded with a 2.0 in the 18-49 demo, down 20% from last week.

NBC’s only original program was an hour of “Dateline” at 8 p.m., which trailed the competition with a 1.2 average in 18-49, equaling the show’s number from a week ago.

For prime time overall, Fox led the way with its 3.3 average in adults 18-49, followed by CBS (1.8 average), Univision (1.6), ABC (1.5) and NBC (1.1). Fox also had a comfortable lead in total viewers, averaging 12.4 million to CBS’s 7.7 million, ABC’s 4.8 million, NBC’s 4.4 million and Univision’s 3.7 million.