Wednesday Ratings Show More ‘Idol’ Dominance

Feb 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The group singing on "American Idol" proved the strongest Nielsen draw on Wednesday night, but ABC and CBS found reasons to be satisfied, too, reports TVbythenumbers.com.

In the 8 o’clock hour, Fox’s "Human Target" led the way with a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic. ABC’s special "Charlie Brown’s Valentines" and "The Middle," however, averaged a 2.75 for the overall hour in the 18-49 demo. CBS’s "New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" scored a 2.3 and 2.4 respectively. NBC’s "Mercy" snagged a 1.8.

"American Idol’s" 9 o’clock hour surged to a 9.5 in the 18-49 rating, down 5% from this time last year. ABC’s "Modern Family" was second at 9-9:30 with a 4.2, but "Cougar Town" slipped to a 2.8 from 9:30-10. CBS’s "Criminal Minds" had a 3.8 for the hour.

CBS’s "CSI: NY" took 10 o’clock with a 3.6, twice as much as a repeat of NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" with a 1.8 in the 18-49. Despite being a repeat, "SVU" did 18% better in the time period than the average "The Jay Leno Show" in the same time period. ABC’s "Ugly Betty" was just a tick back with a 1.7.

— Allison J. Waldman

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