Wednesday ratings: Fox’s ‘Idol’ Continues to Trample the Competition

Mar 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Even though its Nielsen numbers were off a bit from last week, Fox’s "American Idol" trounced its competition in the ratings again Wednesday night, and Fox cruised to another big overall win for the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox averaged a 6.5 rating for the night in the 18-49 demo, well ahead of CBS (3.2), ABC (2.3), Univision (1.4) and NBC (1.2). It was only slightly closer in total viewers, where Fox averaged 18.9 million to 12.0 million for CBS, 6.9 million for ABC, 4.1 million for NBC and 3.7 million for Univision.

Wednesday’s 90-minute “Idol” installment had a 7.7 average rating in adults 18-49, down 3% from a week ago.

At 8 p.m., "Idol" had a 7.0 average rating and a 7.8, respectively, for the top and bottom of the hour, compared with CBS’s "Survivor," which netted a 3.1 and a 3.5 in the same time slots, all in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "The Middle" and "Better With You" scored a 2.3 and a 1.8, respectively, in the same demo, and CW’s "America’s Next Top Model" had an average of 0.9 in that demo for the hour.

At 9 p.m. "Idol’s" last half-hour climbed to an 8.4 in the 18-49 demo, up against ABC’s "Modern Family" with a 4.1 in the same demo. CBS’s "Criminal Minds" averaged a 3.6 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, while NBC’s "Minute to Win It" had a mean score of 1.0 and CW’s "Shedding for the Wedding" averaged a 0.45, all in that demo. At 9:30, Fox’s "Traffic Light" benefited from its "Idol" lead-in with a 2.8 average, better than ABC’s "Mr. Sunshine" with a 2.4, also in the 18-49 demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was a win for CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" with an average of 2.65 in the 18-49 demo, over ABC’s "Off the Map," which had a mean score of 1.7.

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