Wednesday night was dominated by Fox’s "American Idol" in the Nielsens, as the singing competition moved ahead with the audition phase.
Fox blew away its competition, finishing the night with a 9.2 average rating in adults 18-49, TVbytheNumbers.com reported. The closest any of its rivals could come was a 2.1 average, with ABC and CBS both hitting that mark. Univision was next with a 1.5 average in 18-49, just ahead of NBC with a 1.4.
It was more of the same in the non-battle for total viewers, as Fox finished well out in front with an average of 25.2 million. CBS was next with 9.9 million, followed by ABC with 6.0 million, NBC with 4.9 million and Univision with 3.9 million.
At 8 p.m. "Idol" scored an 8.5 average rating in the 18-49 demo, trouncing NBC’s "Minute to Win It," which had a 1.4, and Paula Abdul’s "Live to Dance" which continued to struggle, managing just a 1.1 in the same 18-49 demo.
At 9 p.m. the second hour of "Idol" rose to a 9.8 in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "Criminal Minds" logged a 3.2 in the same demo and NBC’s "Chase" netted an anemic 1.2 in the same demographic.
CBS’s "Blue Bloods" won the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic, just ahead of ABC’s "Off the Map," which had a 1.8 in the same demo.