Fox Steamrolls the Broadcast Competition TVbytheNumbers
Fox rolled to a huge ratings win Wednesday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that none of the network's broadcast rivals could keep up with the torrid pace set by "American Idol."
The two-hour program came through with a 4.0 average in viewers 18-49, up 3% from last Thursday's installment but off 15% from the premiere last week. It also brought in 13.24 million total viewers.
ABC's "Modern Family" was the only thing on broadcast prime that was in the ballpark, delivering a 3.5 average in 18-49, up 9% from the previous week's season low.
ABC was higher across the board: "The Middle" rose 22% from last week's season low to a 2.2; "Suburgatory" ticked up 13% from last week's premiere to a 1.8; "Super Fun Night" bounced back from last week's series low, rising 13% to a 1.7; and "Nashville" picked up by 8% over last week's season low, with a 1.4 average.
NBC's lineup also showed improvement: "Revolution" rose 15% from its series low a week ago to a 1.5 average in the 18-49 demo; "Law & Order: SVU" surged 29% to a 1.8; and "Chicago PD" inched up 7% to a 1.6.
CBS had some repeats in the mix and wound up in fourth place among the broadcast nets. After opening with repeats of "The Crazy Ones" (0.8 average in 18-49) and "Mom" (0.9), the Tiffany Network rolled out a fresh "Criminal Minds" -- which slipped 8% from a week ago to a series-low 2.2 -- and a new "Chicago PD," which improved 7% to a 1.5.
For prime time overall, Fox's 4.0 average was the class of the field in the 18-49 demo, followed by ABC (2.0 average), NBC (1.7), CBS (1.6) and Univision (1.3). Fox was also well ahead of the pack in total viewers, averaging 13.2 million to lead CBS (8.0 million), ABC (6.5 million), NBC (6.1 million) and Univision (3.3 million).