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‘Idol’ Dominates Wednesday Night’s Ratings, Though It Slipped a Little. ‘Modern Family’ Hit a Season Low. And ‘Survivor’ Was Up a Tick Compared to Last Week’s Premiere

Feb 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox had a strong showing in the Wednesday night Nielsens, led by "American Idol’s" ongoing success, reports TVbytheNumbers.com. At eight, the first hour of "Idol" registered a 7.5 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" netted a 3.3 in the same demo. ABC’s "The Middle" and "Better With You" garnered a 2.4 and 1.8, respectively, in that same demo, ahead of NBC’s first hour of "Minute to Win It" and CW’s premiere of "America’s Next Top Model" which were tied with a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo.

To put these shows in some perspective, TVbytheNumbers notes that "Idol’s" ratings in the 18-49 demo were down 4% from last week and 9% from the Wedsnesday show last season.  "Survivor" was up a tenth from last week’s premiere.

At nine, "Idol" rose to a 8.2 in the 18-49 demo, while ABC’s "Modern Family" and "Mr. Sunshine" had a 4.1 and 2.4, respectively, in the same demo. (For ‘Modern Family," that was a season low.) CBS’s "Criminal Minds" was a solid 3.3, over hour two of "Minute to Win It" with a 1.3 and CW’s new "Shedding For the Wedding" with a 0.5, all in the 18-49 demographic.

Ten o’clock was a tie between CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" and NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" — they both had a 2.5 in the 18-49 demo. Trailing for the hour was ABC’s "Off the Map" with a 1.7 in that same demo.

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