Criminal Minds Ratings

ABC’s “Modern Family” remained Wednesday’s top draw among young adults this week, holding off a rising “Criminal Minds” on CBS as the crime drama wrapped its season with good numbers and the Eye won the night. Other gainers on the night included Fox’s “American Idol,” with its 500th episode, and NBC’s “Chicago PD.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, won the night’s opening two hours with “Survivor” (2.5 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “Criminal Minds” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), with the former up a tick one week from its finale and the latter growing 17% (0.4) from last week as it closed its season. “Criminal” edged out ABC’s “Modern Family” as the night’s No. 1 program in adults 25-54 (3.7 to 3.6) and was easily Wednesday’s most-watched program overall. A repeat of “CSI” did pretty well at 10 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

Fox’s two-hour “American Idol” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) grew 17% from last week and placed second from 8 to 10 p.m. in all key categories. Its finale is next week.

At ABC, “The Middle” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and “Suburgatory” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) rose 19% and 15% respectively from their lower-than-usual numbers of last week, with the former ending its run last night. The first part of the two-week season finale of “Modern Family” rose 7% from last week to a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers overall, making it the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49. The net dropped off sharply from there with the penultimate episode of “Mixology” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and the second-season finale of “Nashville” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was up slightly from last week but down sharply from its year-ago closer (1.9 in 18-49).

NBC opened with steady numbers for “Revolution” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: SVU” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and closed with “Chicago PD” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), which rose 14% (0.2) week to week and likely benefited from the absence of firstrun crime-drama competition.

At CW, “Arrow” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “The 100″ (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) ended their seasons on par with last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.2/7; Fox, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.4/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.9 million; Fox, 8.8 million; ABC, 5.8 million; NBC, 5.1 million; CW, 2.0 million.

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