Wednesday Ratings: ‘Idol’ Slips Again, but It’s Still Enough to Power Fox to a Huge Win

Mar 31, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox juggernaut “American Idol” was off 5% from a week ago in the 18-49 demo Wednesday, but numbers for the two-hour show were still more than enough to push Fox to a big win for the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox averaged a 7.5 rating in adults 18-49, easily outdistancing CBS (2.9 average), Univision (1.7), ABC (1.5) and NBC (1.5). In total viewers, Fox averaged 23.6 million, well ahead of CBS with 10.9 million. The others were even further off the pace: NBC had 5.4 million, ABC averaged 4.7 million and Univision settled for 4.3 million.

At 8 p.m. hour one of "Idol" had a mean score of 6.95 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" averaged a 2.9 in the same demo. NBC’s "Minute to Win It" collected a 1.15 average in the 18-49 demo. "America’s Next Top Model" trailed with a 0.85 average in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. "Idol" rose to a 7.95 average rating in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS’s "Criminal Minds," which had a mean score of 3.45 in the same demographic. CW’s "Shedding for the Wedding" logged a 0.4 in the 18-49 demo for the hour. At 9:30, ABC’s "Mr. Sunshine" netted a 1.4 in the same demo.

In a tight race at 10 p.m. NBC’s "Law and Order: SVU" was first with an average of 2.45 in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" was just behind with a mean score of 2.3 in the same demo. ABC’s "Off the Map" was third with a 1.35 average in the same demo.

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