Fox’s ‘American Idol’ Rises Opposite Rivals’ Repeats

Net has won 14 straight Wednesdays in demo; ABC comedy 'How to Live...' still looks solid

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Opposite some repeats on the competition, Fox’s “American Idol” hit a three-week high Wednesday, ruling as the night’s top show and extending the net’s winning streak on the night among young adults to 14 weeks.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Idol” averaged a 3.3 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up a tick from last week in the demo and the night’s No. 1 show across the board. The competition is down to five finalists, all women, as it heads toward its 127-minute conclusion on Thursday, May 16.

Elsewhere, CBS ran second as “Survivor” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) also appears to be up slightly from last week and edged out “American Idol” head to head in both men 18-49 and 25-54. The reality veteran was followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and a special off-night encore of Thursday drama “Elementary” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which edged out repeats of dramas on ABC and NBC in 18-49. CBS likes to experiment with shows in different timeslots during April as it maps out its lineup for the fall.

At ABC, “Suburgatory” wrapped its second season with back-to-back original episodes at 8 (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and its regular 8:30 p.m. slot (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which was down from last week (1.8) when it had “The Middle” as its lead-in. “Suburgatory” is expected to return for a third season, though ABC hasn’t made it official.

In the night’s middle hour for ABC, a repeat “Modern Family” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and an oriignal “How to Live With Your Parents” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) performed similarly. Though “Parents” was down as would be expected without an original “Modern” as a lead-in (20%, from a 2.5), ABC has to be pleased with its performance last night. Closing the night was a repeat of “Nashville” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), which is producing only 21 episodes in its rookie season and has been airing lots of repeats.

NBC opened with “Dateline” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), followed by rebroadcasts of “Law & Order: SVU” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), both of which return to originals next week. “SVU” was up a couple of ticks from last week, when it faced an original episode of crime drama rival “Criminal Minds” on CBS.

CW aired repeats of “Arrow” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.3/9; CBS, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 12.4 million; CBS, 7.7 million; ABC, 4.8 million; NBC, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.6 million.