Big Wednesday Night Win for Fox Despite Erosion for ‘Idol’ — and Erosion Across All Networks

Mar 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fox was the runaway winner in the overnight ratings for Wednesday night, even as its two-hour “American Idol” slipped 7% from a week ago in the key 18-49 demo to a 5.3 average rating, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

Fox’s 5.3 average for the night gave it a huge win, ahead of CBS (2.8 average), ABC (2.2), Univision (1.4) and NBC (0.8). Fox also was well ahead in total viewers with an average of 17.9 million, followed by CBS (11.1 million), ABC (6.4 million), Univision (3.4 million) and NBC (2.9 million).

Viewing across all networks was down 5.5% in viewers 18-49 from a week ago in the 8-10 p.m. block, with Daylight Saving Time being cited as a likely reason.

CBS’s “Survivor” was down 9% from its season high a week ago, settling for a 2.9 average rating in 18-49. The network’s “Criminal Minds” hit a series low with a 2.8, but its “CSI” was up 4% from its previous original with a 2.7.

ABC saw season lows for “Modern Family” (down 8% from a week ago to a 4.4 average rating in 18-49), “The Middle” (down 19% from its previous original to a 2.9) and “Suburgatory” (2.1). “Happy Endings” was up from a 2.0 last week to a 2.4.

On NBC, “Whitney” matched its series low with a 1.4 in adults 18-49 while “Are You There, Chelsea?” set a series low at 1.0 and “Rock Center” matched its series low with a 0.6 average.

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