‘Idol’ Steamrolls the Competition in Wednesday Ratings

Apr 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With plenty of repeat programming on the other broadcast nets, there was nothing to stand in the way of Fox and its 90-minute “American Idol” in the Wednesday night ratings, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox wound up with a 5.8 average rating for the night in the 18-49 demo, well ahead of CBS (2.3 average), NBC (1.8) and ABC (1.8). Fox also dominated total viewers, averaging 18.2 million to 9.2 million for CBS, 5.8 million for NBC and 5.2 million for ABC.

At 8 p.m. hour one of "Idol" collected a 6.65 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" was second with a 3.05. At 8:30, a new "Better With You" on ABC logged a 1.5 in the 18-49. For the hour, NBC’s "Inside the Royal Wedding" special managed only a 1.2.

At 9 p.m. the last half-hour of "Idol" rose to a 7.3 in the 18-49 demo. Fox’s "Breaking In" and ABC’s "Cougar Town" garnered a 2.6 and a 2.1, respectively, in the same demo, both at 9:30. CW’s "America’s Next Top Model" averaged a 1.05 in the same demo for the hour.

The lone new show in the 10 p.m. hour was ABC’s "Happy Endings," which netted a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo. A repeat of NBC’s new “The Voice” won the hour with a 2.3 average.

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