Ratings: ‘Idol’ worship keeps Fox on top

Reality behemoth only show to draw more than 10 million

Fox easily won the primetime ratings race Wednesday, but against extremely weak competition that consisted primarily of repeats. “American Idol” was the night’s most-watched show in an evening where the network’s reality behemoth was the only program to garner more than 10 million viewers.

The hourlong 9 p.m. “Idol” results show (6.6 rating/19 share in the 18-49 demo, 20 million total viewers) went up against nothing but reruns against the Big Three nets. ABC offered up sitcoms “Modern Family” (1.8/5, 4.9m) and “Cougar Town” (1.3/4, 3.5m) while CBS aired “Criminal Minds” (1.8/5, 7.6m). NBC presented a 9 and 10 p.m. double-header of “Law & Order: SVU” that earned a 1.2/4, 5m and 2.8/8, 9.5m (original episode), respectively.

Fox used “Human Target” (2.3/8, 7.9) as an “Idol” lead-in, and the skein was on par from a week ago, but, like “Idol,” didn’t go up against any serious contenders. The only other original programming Wednesday was ABC’s run-off of “Ugly Betty” (1.0/3, 3.3m) at 10 o’clock, “Mercy” (1.4/5, 5.5m) at 8 o’clock on NBC and the CW’s 90-minute “America’s Next Top Model” (1.7,6, 3.1m), up slightly from a week ago. CW didn’t fare much better with the second episode of “High Society” (0.5/2, 1.2m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.5/14; NBC, 1.8/6; CBS, 1.7/5; CW, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.3/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 14 million; CBS, 6.9 million; NBC, 6.7 million; ABC, 3.7 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 3.1 million.

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