‘Idol’ Continues Its Rise in Ratings, Pushes Fox to Huge Wednesday Win

May 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With a two-hour “American Idol” setting the tone, Fox crushed the competition in Wednesday’s overnight ratings, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

“Idol” was up a tenth of a ratings point over last week’s 90-minute installment in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 7.2. Fox’s 7.2 average for the night put it way out in front of the pack, with ABC and CBS tied at 2.2 and NBC bringing up the rear with a 1.6. Total viewers saw Fox averaging a whopping 23.0 million to 9.1 million for CBS, 6.0 million for ABC and 5.0 million for NBC.

“Idol” got things started with a 6.7 average rating in adults 18-49 for the 8 p.m. hour, way out ahead of ABC’s “The Middle” (2.4) and NBC’s “Minute to Win It” (1.0).

At 9 p.m. “Idol’s” 7.7 in the 18-49 demo was the class of the field, followed by ABC’s “Modern Family” (4.0), CBS’s season finale of “Criminal Minds” (3.3) and CW’s season finale of “America’s Next Top Model” (0.8). ABC’s “Cougar Town” at 9:30 scored a 2.0.

The 10 p.m. hour went to NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” another season finale, with a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, followed by CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (2.0) and back-to-back episodes of ABC’s “Happy Endings” (1.6 and 1.3).

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