‘Idol’ worship brings in ratings victory

Fox's 'Human Target' misses mark in demos

Show Network Rating (18-49) Share Viewers (millions)
1. American Idol FOX 6.6 18 20.6
2. Modern Family ABC 3.6 10 8.8
3. Criminal Minds CBS 3.2 9 12.2
4. CSI: NY CBS 2.6 8 10.8
5. Cougar Town ABC 2.4 7 5.8
6. The Middle ABC 2.2 7 6.7
7. Human Target Fox 1.9 6 7.2
7. Accidentally on Purpose CBS 1.9 6 6.1
8. Minute to Win It ABC 1.9 6 5.9
9. Law and Order: SVU ABC 1.8 5 5.6

On a night when “Human Target” took a step backward, Fox could count on “American Idol” to carry it to victory Wednesday. Meanwhile, ABC’s “Modern Family” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds” — both up against “Idol” — were the night’s top scripted series.

According to preliminary nationals, Fox’s “American Idol” results show easily led Wednesday’s 9 o’clock hour (6.6 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall), on par with the previous week but continuing to come in below last year’s pace. Kicking off the night for Fox, meanwhile, was rookie drama “Human Target” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which tied for the 8 o’clock lead in demos but was down 14% vs. last week when it won its hour outright.

CBS ranked second in the night’s middle hour with “Criminal Minds” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall), which was down a bit week to week, and then moved to the lead at 10 p.m. with “CSI: NY” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), which was on the rise without firstrun competition from NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” In the evening’s opening hour, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and “Accidentally on Purpose” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) were nothing special but were in the competitive mix.

At ABC, following an encore “Modern Family” at 8 (1.6/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), first-year laffer “The Middle” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) grew nicely to win its half-hour in 18-49. It was followed by the firstrun “Modern Family” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which was the night’s top scripted show in 18-49, and “Cougar Town” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which again fell off sharply opposite the second half-hour of Fox’s “Idol.” And at 10, “Ugly Betty” hit a season high with its series finale (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall).

CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” was low (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) but led as usual among young femmes. It was followed by invisible reality series “Fly Girls” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “High Society” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.3/13; CBS, 2.5/8; ABC, 2.2/7; NBC, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.3/4; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 13.9 million; CBS, 9.7 million; ABC, 6.2 million; NBC, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.9 million.

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