Fox’s ‘Idol,’ CBS dramas top Wednesday

NBC gets boost from premiere of 'Off Their Rockers'

Fox’s two-hour ”American Idol” dominated Wednesday’s ratings race on a night that also saw good numbers for CBS dramas ”CSI” and ”Criminal Minds.” NBC got a boost from the premiere of hidden-camera series ”Off Their Rockers,” which hit nearly three-month demo high for its timeslot.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ”American Idol” (4.7/14 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall) was down some week to week but still comfortably led all four of its half-hours. Also down was another reality vet, CBS’ ”Survivor” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), which ranked second for its hour and fourth among all shows on the night.

Also for CBS, ”Criminal Minds” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) placed second at 9, and ”CSI” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) prevailed at 10.

Univision moved up to third in 18-49 Wednesday with its firstrun novellas, led by ”La Que No Podia Amar” (The One Who Couldn’t Love), which placed second among the broadcasters at 10 o’clock (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

At NBC, ”Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” had a solid premiere showing (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), bagging the net’s top demo score in the 8 o’clock timeslot since the Wednesday premiere of ”Whitney” in January; ”Rockers” had aired a special preview episode earlier this season. It was followed by the series premiere of comedy ”Best Friends Forever” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and the finale of another new comedy, ”Bent” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. and 0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall). Closing things out was newsmagazine ”Rock Center” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

ABC had a quiet night with encores of ”The Middle” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), ”Suburgatory” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and ”Modern Family” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), followed by the season finale of ”Happy Endings” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). At 10, a repeat of last week’s episode of Thursday drama ”Missing” did a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers overall.

CW hit Wednesday season highs in adults 18-34 (0.9/3) with the series finale of ”One Tree Hill” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall). Week to week, the net was up vs. last week’s combo of ”One Tree Hill” and ”America’s Next Top Model” by nearly 30% in both adults 18-34 and women 18-34 (1.4/4).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.7/14; CBS, 2.8/8; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.7 million; CBS, 11.1 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; NBC, 3.6 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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