Fox show down, still rolls; ABC's 'Modern' on the rise

Despite showing week to week declines, Fox’s ”American Idol” easily won its two-hour block on Wednesday, while ”CSI” closed out its first season on its new night a winner. ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the night’s No. 1 scripted show in all key demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American Idol” led its timeslot as usual (4.4 rating/12 share in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall), and was down as it heads toward its finale in a couple of weeks. Still, from 8 to 10 p.m. it beat runner-up CBS by more than 50% in both adults 18-49 and 25-54.

CBS was up a bit at 8 o’clock with ”Survivor” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) in advance of its Sunday finale but down slightly at 9 p.m. with ”Criminal Minds” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), with the latter drawing more total viewers than any other scripted show on the night. And at 10, ”CSI” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) edged up week to week as it wrapped its 12th season, and its first on Wednesday, a winner in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers; it also improved upon last year’s ”Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” by more than 20%.

At ABC, ”The Middle” was down a tick opening the night (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) while 8:30 p.m. rookie edged up (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall). Also on the rise, and grabbing its best score since mid-March, was 9 p.m. anchor ”Modern Family” (4.3/12 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), which was Wednesday’s No. 2 show in 18-49 and 25-54 (4.9/12) and No. 1 in both men 18-49 (3.4/16) and persons 12-34 (3.3/11). It was followed by ”Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s delivery, and ”Revenge” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which edged up slightly in 18-49 to place second to ”CSI” and again give ABC nice time-period improvement over last year’s comparable night.

NBC continues to do decently in Wednesday’s opening hour with ”Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m.), with its second episode giving the net its best timeslot result in 14 weeks. The Peacock was down a bit week to week, though, from 9 to 11 p.m. with ”Rock Center with Brian Williams” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

At CW, ”America’s Next Top Model” did a mere 0.4/1 in 18-49 and drew 1.1 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.4/12; CBS, 2.7/7; ABC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.1 million; CBS, 10.6 million; ABC, 7.1 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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