Fox’s “American Idol” continues to perform very well in its 10th season, with Wednesday’s two-hour performance installment rising week to week and beating the combined broadcast competition. NBC closed out the night a demo winner with “Law & Order: SVU.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” averaged a 7.7 rating/22 share in adults 18-49 and 23.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up a tick in the demo vs. last week and within 8% of its demo delivery on the comparable night a year ago. The music talent show topped its combined competition on ABC, CBS and NBC by 20% in adults 18-49 (7.7 vs. 6.4) and by 11% in total viewers (23.5 million vs. 21.2 million).

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Modern Family” was back in original for the first time in three weeks (4.3/12 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and was again the night’s top scripted program in demos; and as it has show in recent weeks, its full-week average could climb by about 2 full demo ratings points when all DVR playback is included. Also for the net, “The Middle” hit a season low with its first original episode during Daylight Saving Time (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), and 9:30 p.m. newcomer “Mr. Sunshine” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) was up from last week when it followed a “Modern Family” repeat but retained only about half of its potent lead-in. At 10, “Off the Map” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) grew week to week but again lagged its broadcast competitors.

At CBS, “Survivor” was a solid second in the 8 o’clock hour despite hitting a season low (3.0/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall). It was followed by a repeat “Criminal Minds” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and an original “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall), with the latter running second in demos at 10 to NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

Also for NBC, 8 o’clock gameshow “Minute to Win It” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) edged up from its lows of the previous week.

At CW, “America’s Next Top Model” remains low but was up week to week (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), while “Shedding for the Wedding” was flat (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.7/22; CBS, 2.5/7; ABC, 2.2/6; Univision, 1.7/6; NBC, 1.6/5; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 23.4 million; CBS, 9.4 million; ABC, 6.5 million; NBC, 5.6 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 1.6 million.