You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Idol’ tops Wednesday despite tumble

On night of sluggish scores, Fox hit falls to low

Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American Idol” averaged a 5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers overall , on par with its two-hour average of last Thursday. But excluding Thursdays (a night it moved to last year), Wednesday’s two-hour ”Idol” is the lowest-rated, in-season regular episode of the show to date. On the same night a year ago, ”Idol” did a 7.9 rating in 18-49, and in 2010 it did a 9.0.

Still, ”Idol” won all four half-hours in 18-49, peaking with a 5.4/14 in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, when it drew 16.8 million viewers overall.

Competing networks weren’t fully able to take advantage of ”Idol’s” declines, as spring-like rating declines have hit the broadcasters a few weeks early this year.

ABC’s ”Modern Family” (4.7/12 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) was one of the exceptions, likely edging up from last week’s delivery in the nationals and outperforming its score on the same night a year ago (when it did a 4.1 demo rating opposite ”American Idol”). ”Modern Family” was just 1 share behind ”Idol” for the 9 o’clock half-hour lead in adults 18-49, and pulled ahead of the music competition to rank as Wednesday’s No. 1 show in adults 18-34 (4.2/13). Elsewhere at the net, ”The Middle” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) and ”Suburgatory” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) both were down a tick week to week to hit season lows, but the combo outperformed last year’s tandem of ”The Middle” and ”Better With You.” And at 9:30, ”Happy Endings” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) was in line with last week and up a bit from last year’s ”Mister Sunshine.” Subbing for ”Revenge” at 10 p.m., a ”20/20” special ”Before They Were Famous” did a 1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall , third among the major networks.

CBS finished second, getting consistently solid deliveries from ”Survivor” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), ”Criminal Minds” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall). ”Survivor” was down a bit from last week’s season premiere, while the crime dramas matched or slightly exceeded their performances of last week.

At NBC, ”Whitney” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and ”Are You There, Chelsea?” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) were down week to week. And that theme continued the rest of the way, as newsmag ”Rock Center” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) hit lows. On the same night a year ago, ”SVU” did a 2.5 demo rating in the 10 o’clock hour.

CW saw no bump for the return of Chad Michael Murray to ”One Tree Hill” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), and the finale of ”Remodeled” produced a slight uptick (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.1/14; CBS, 2.9/8; ABC, 2.4/6; Univision, 1.4/4; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 15.9 million; CBS, 11.6 million; ABC, 6.8 million; NBC, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.1 million.

More TV

  • 'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for

    'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for 200th Episode at Season 8 Premiere (Watch)

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

  • Stranger Things

    TV Review: 'Stranger Things' Season 2 on Netflix

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Oct. 23, 2017

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

  • THE SIMPSONS: Maggie becomes possessed by

    TV Ratings: 'Simpsons' Rises With 'Treehouse of Horror'

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

  • "Context Is for Kings" -- Episode

    CBS All Access Suffers Streaming Glitches in Middle of 'Star Trek: Discovery'

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump Contradicts Account of Conversation From Widow of Fallen Service Member

    Fox captured Wednesday’s ratings race with its two-hour installment of ”American Idol,” but the vet declined about 15% week to week for one of its lowest scores ever. A consistent CBS ran second on the night, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the top scripted program in demos. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”American […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content