Wednesday Ratings: Strong Opening for Christian Slater’s New Sitcom–With Help from ‘Idol’

Apr 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Christian Slater’s new Fox sitcom, “Breaking In,” opened to solid ratings Wednesday night, scoring a 3.5 average in adults 18-49 and 9.9 million total viewers, TVbytheNumbers.com reported. Of course, the show’s lead-in was “American Idol,” which dominated the night, as usual.

Fox wound up with an easy win for the night. In the 18-49 demo Fox finished with a 6.2 average rating, more than double the closest competition. CBS averaged 2.9, Univision had a 1.6, and both ABC and NBC settled for 1.4 averages. Total viewers wasn’t close either, as Fox averaged 19.4 million to 11.1 million for CBS, 5.0 million for NBC, 4.5 million for ABC and 4.1 million for Univision.

At 8 p.m. the first hour of the 90-minute "Idol" collected a 6.8 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" followed with a 3.1. NBC’s "Minute to Win It" and CW’s "America’s Next Top Model" had a 1.0 and a 0.9, respectively, both in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. "Idol’s" last half-hour netted a 7.7 in the 18-49 demo, over CBS’s "Criminal Minds" with a 3.6. At 9:30 p.m. the season premiere of Fox’s "Breaking In" started strong with a 3.5, while ABC’s season finale of "Mr. Sunshine" sank to a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo. CW’s "Shedding for the Wedding" had a 0.4 for the hour in the 18-49 demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" with a 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic, over CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" with a 2.1 in the same demo. The season finale of ABC’s "Off the Map" earned a meager 1.3 in the 18-49 demo.

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  1. I’m no programming wiz, but I predict a short life for “Breaking In.” It’s so predictable, I had the first segment almost verbatim before it even aired. Come on, FOX…stop following the same tired old format!

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