Wednesday Ratings: Fox, ‘American Idol’ Crush the Competition

Apr 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With a 90-minute installment of “American Idol” dominating the ratings Wednesday night, Fox cruised to a huge win for the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox scored a 6.0 average rating in adults 18-49, twice as high as its closest competition. CBS was second in the 18-49 demo with a 3.0 average, followed by ABC (2.3), Univision (1.3) and NBC (1.2). Fox had an easy win in total viewers as well, averaging 18.9 million to 11.3 million for CBS, 6.4 million for ABC, 4.0 million for NBC and 3.3 million for Univision.

At 8 p.m. the first hour of "Idol" collected an average rating of 6.7 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" had a 2.95. ABC’s "The Middle" and "Better With You" had a 1.8 and a 1.5, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic, followed by NBC’s "Minute to Win It" and CW’s "America’s Next Top Model," both with a mean score of 1.0 .

At 9 p.m. the last 30 minutes of "American Idol" climbed to an 8.0 average in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "Modern Family" had a 3.8 in the same demo for the half-hour. CBS’s "Criminal Minds" garnered a 3.45 average for the hour in the 18-49 demo. The premiere of ABC’s "Happy Endings" at 9:30 grabbed a 2.7 in the same demo, and CW’s "Shedding for the Wedding" averaged a 0.55 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," which averaged a 2.55 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, besting the only other new show, "Happy Endings," which had a 2.3 in the 18-49 demo from 10-10:30.

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