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'Idol' Propels Fox to Nightly Ratings Win; No Growth for 'Survivor'; Two NBC Dramas Hit Series Lows TVbytheNumbers

Two franchise reality shows on rival broadcast networks held their ground Wednesday night, with both "American Idol" and "Survivor" matching their results from a week ago, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. With "Idol" again delivering a 2.7 average in the demo, Fox claimed a win for prime time.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that CBS's "Survivor" delivered a 2.4 in viewers 18-49, matching the number for last week's season premiere. "Criminal Minds" increased the network's audience leading out of the reality franchise, rising 18% from a week ago to a 2.6. "CSI" drifted downward at 10 p.m., settling for a 1.7 -- off 15% from its most recent airing.

Third-place ABC got an improved performance from "Modern Family" -- a 3.3 average in 18-49 to come in as the highest-rated show of the night on broadcast prime. The show's rating was up 6% from a season low a week ago.

Most of the rest of the ABC lineup was also up from low numbers last week, with "The Middle" rising 12% from a season low a week ago to a 1.9 average in the 18-49 demo, while "Suburgatory" surged 21% from its series low to a 1.7 and "Nashville" rebounded by 8% from its season low to a 1.4. "Mixology" went against the uptrend, slipping 6% from its premiere a week ago to a 1.7.

NBC trailed the other big four broadcast nets, with its best number in adults 18-49 being a 1.6 average for "Law & Order: SVU," down 20% from a week ago. "Chicago PD" equaled its all-time low with a 1.5, while "Revolution" averaged a 1.3, also matching its historic low.

For prime time overall, Fox's 2.7 average was the best in viewers 18-49, followed by CBS (2.2 average), ABC (1.9), NBC (1.5) and Univision (1.1). Fox took a narrow win in total viewers, averaging 10.5 million to lead CBS (10.1 million), ABC (6.0 million), NBC (5.6 million) and Univision (2.7 million).

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