Fox easily wins Wednesday ratings race

'Idol' dominates while other nets rely heavily on reruns

“American Idol” dominated the viewing landscape Wednesday night, propelling Fox to an easy win against its broadcast brethren.

In total viewers, Fox more than doubled second-place CBS.

“Idol” drew a 4.6 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo and 16.4 million viewers overall, according to early estimates from Nielsen. The reality juggernaut, which increased from a 4.3 to a 4.9 from hour one to hour two, was down slightly from a week, as were most shows that aired Wednesday.

The closest competitor to “Idol” was CBS’ “Survivor,” which scored a 2.6/8, 9.5m and was a series low (not including specials). ABC sitcoms “The Middle” (1.3/4, 4.9m) and “Surburgatory” (1.4/4, 4.4m) were both repeats.

NBC’s “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (1.6/5, 4.2m) and “Best Friends Forever” (0.8/2, 2.7m) were flat compared to last week. CW tried to find more viewers for new Canadian import drama “The L.A. Complex” (0.3/1, 721,000), which was was about even with what it did in its premiere Tuesday.

At 9 p.m. the best non-“Idol” program was a rerun of ABC’s “Modern Family” (2.2/6, 5.8m). With a repeat as a lead-in, “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” took a signfiicant hit, falling from last week’s 2.6/7, 6.4m to 2.0/5, 4.8m.

Steady from a week ago was NBC’s “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (0.9/2, 2.5m). Off just a notch was CW’s “America’s Next Top Model (0.5/1, 1m).

The sudsy “Revenge” was tops at 10 p.m., though it was the only show in the hour to fall from last week. ABC’s buzzworthy drama earned a 2.0/6, 6.8m, narrowly defeating NBC’s longrunning “Law & Order: SVU” (1.6/4, 6.4m) and a repeat of “CSI” (1.5/4, 6/6m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.6/13; CBS, 1.9/5; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.4/1

In total viewers: Fox, 16.4 million; CBS, 7.9 million; ABC, 5.6 million; NBC, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 908,000.

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