"American Idol" was a runaway winner in the Nielsen ratings Wednesday night, powering Fox to an easy win for the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.
Fox finished the night with a 5.7 average in the 18-49 demo, more than double its nearest competitor. NBC trailed with a 2.6 average, followed by ABC (2.2) and CBS (1.6). Fox was almost as dominant in total viewers, closing out the night with an average of 17.1 million to 8.6 million for CBS, 8.1 million for NBC and 6.6 million for ABC.
At 8 p.m. the one-hour "Idol" logged an 8.4 average rating and a 9.3 in the 18-49 demographic for the top and bottom halves of the hour, while NBC’s "Minute to Win It" averaged a 1.7 and CBS’s "Live to Dance" had a mean score of 0.95, both in the same demographic.
At 9 p.m. the second hour of “Minute to Win It” led the way with a 3.05 average rating in 18-49, while Fox’s "Human Target" had a 2.65 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour.
In the 10 p.m. hour three fresh dramas duked it out, with NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" topping the hour with a 2.95 average in the 18-49 demo. ABC’s "Off the Map" and CBS’s "Blue Bloods" trailed, with averages of 1.85 and 1.6, respectively, both in the 18-49 demographic.