Dominant Performance by ‘Idol’ Fuels Big Ratings Night for Fox

May 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With a 90-minute “American Idol” surging in the ratings Wednesday–including a 17% improvement from last week in total viewers–Fox coasted to an easy win for the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox averaged a 5.8 rating for the night in adults 18-49, clobbering CBS (2.8 average), ABC (2.3), Univision (1.4) and NBC (1.4). Fox also dominated total viewers, averaging 18.7 million to CBS’s 10.9 million, ABC’s 6.2 million, NBC’s 4.8 million and Univision’s 3.5 million.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" averaged a 6.45 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "Survivor" had a 3.0 average and ABC’s "The Middle" and "Better With You" had a 2.1 and a 1.9, respectively. NBC’s "Minute to Win It" trailed with a 0.85 average.

At 9 p.m. the last half-hour of "Idol" scored a 7.7 in the 18-49 demo, better than ABC’s "Modern Family" with a 4.2 in the same demo. For the hour, CBS’s "Criminal Minds" averaged a 3.3 in the 18-49 demo. At 9:30, Fox’s "Breaking In" hit a 2.4 in the same demo, matching ABC’s "Cougar Town." A new "America’s Next Top Model" on CW was in last place with a 0.95 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" with a 2.4 average in the 18-49 demo, over CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" with a mean score of 2.05 and ABC’s two "Happy Endings" episodes getting a 1.7 and a 1.4.

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