‘Idol,’ ‘Family’ top wobbly Wednesday

Ratings impacted by Lakers-Suns matchup on TNT

Fox has notched another Wednesday ratings victory behind “American Idol,” although the reality show was at or near series-low levels for a results show. ABC edged up a bit with the season finales of its three comedies on the night, led by “Modern Family.”

Ratings for all nets likely were impacted by Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns on TNT, ratings for which will be available this afternoon.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s “American Idol” was easily the night’s top-rated program (5.9/16 in 18-49, 18.5 million viewers overall) but it was down about 10% week to week for one of its lowest scores on record for a regular result show episode; still it beat the second-place net in 18-49 (ABC) by 6 shares. Kicking off the night was a preview of summer series “The Good Guys,” which didn’t seem to excite auds much (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

At ABC, the first-season finale of “The Middle” led its 8:30 p.m. half-hour in most categories (2.5/8 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), matching or setting three-month highs in the process. The net then placed a solid second in 18-49 to “Idol” with the first-season ender of “Modern Family” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which was again on par with the Fox show in men 18-34. Also ending its rookie season was “Cougar Town” at 9:30 (2.8/9 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which placed third among the broadcasters in 18-49, and ABC capped the night with a special episode of Friday hit “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) — which fared significantly better than the previous week’s episode of “Happy Town.”

CBS opened with the hidden camera special “I Get That a Lot” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which tied with ABC for the 8 o’clock hour’s 18-49 lead. It was followed by “Criminal Minds” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall), which placed third for its hour in 18-49 and second in 25-54, and “CSI: NY” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which ran second among the broadcasters at 10 o’clock in 18-49 but first in 25-54 and total viewers.

NBC didn’t do much early with repeats of gameshow “Minute to Win It” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) but moved to the broadcast lead in 18-49 at 10 with an original installment of “SVU” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of “America’s Next Top Model” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and “One Tree Hill” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.7/11; CBS, 2.6/8; ABC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.9/6; NBC, 1.8/5; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 11.7 million; CBS, 10.5 million; ABC, 6.6 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 4.5 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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