ABC's 'Modern Family' was night's top scripted show

Though it wasn’t a smash performance by the show’s standards, “American Idol” scored roughly twice as many viewers in the 18-49 demo and overall Wednesday as any other program, boosting Fox to a primetime win.

“Idol” (7.7 rating/20 share in 18-49, 20.1 million viewers overall) easily won at 9 p.m. despite shedding nearly 5 million viewers compared to the week prior, when the State of the Union address was its main primetime competition in parts of the country. The “Idol” special was a mix of seen and unseen footage from the past several weeks of auditions.

The highest-rated scripted program of the night was ABC’s “Modern Family” (3.9/10, 9.1 million), which battled “Idol” for the first halfhour. However, “Cougar Town” (2.9/7, 6.2 million) didn’t do so well against the second half of “Idol.” CBS finished second from 9-10 p.m. with “Criminal Minds” (3.8/10, 14.5 million).

The Eye led at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to finish second behind Fox for the night. At 8, the annual spesh “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” (2.9/9, 11.2 million) bested Fox’s “Human Target” (2.4/7,

7.8 million), which was making its debut in the timeslot. “Target” had drawn a 3.1 rating and 8 share for its last original episode, which aired after an 8 p.m. Tuesday “Idol.”

ABC’s “The Middle” (2.7/8, 7.3 million) bounced back at 8:30 p.m. from low numbers for its last original broadcast, with a rerun of “Modern Family” (2.4/7, 6.8 million) as a lead-in.

At 10 p.m., a rerun of CBS’ “CSI: NY” (3.4/10, 14.2 million) was enough of a pull to win over ABC’s “Ugly Betty” (1.5/4, 4.1 million).

NBC had a rough night with “Mercy” (1.6/5, 6.3 million) followed by a “Law and Order: SVU” repeat (0.9/2, 4.1 million) and “The Jay Leno Show” (1.2/3, 4.2 million). But the Peacock held off the CW, which offered reruns of “Life Unexpected” (0.6/2, 1.4 million) and “Gossip Girl” (0.2/1, 0.5 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 5.0/14, CBS 3.4/10, ABC 2.5/7, Univision 1.5/4, NBC 1.2/4, CW 0.4/1.

In total viewers: Fox 14.3 million, CBS 13.4 million, ABC 6.3 million, NBC 4.9 million, Univision 3.8 million, CW 0.9 million.

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