Fox’s ‘American Idol,’ ABC Comedies Rise in Ratings

Meanwhile, CBS’ “Survivor” and “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” hit lows.

Fox’s American Idol continued to dominate Wednesday ratings as the top four finalists performed.

Idol (22.4 million total viewers, 6.9) rose 5 percent from the previous week. Compared to the same telecast last year, Idol also grew in both viewers (22.4 million vs. 19.2 million) and the demo (6.9 vs. 6.8). The Idol lead-in didn’t help or hurt recently-axed freshman comedy Breaking In (7.6 million, 2.4), which was steady with last week’s original. The network easily topped Wednesday in both categories.

Elsewhere, some good news for ABC’s comedy lineup, which improved across the board — with the exception of rookie series Happy Endings, which found itself in a bit of a bind last week with a muted Osama bin Laden joke. New episodes of The Middle (7.2 million, 2.1), freshman comedy Better With You (6 million, 1.9), the top-rated scripted program Modern Family (10.1 million, 4.2) and Cougar Town (6.1 million, 2.4) all rose. Back-to-back episodes of Happy Endings (3.9 million, 1.6) were flat.

CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island (10.4 million, 3.0) dropped 3 percent, making it its lowest-rated regular telecast to date. Veteran procedural Criminal Minds (13.1 million, 3.3) saw a small uptick, but spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (9.1 million, 2.1) tied its series low.

NBC’s Minute to Win It (3 million, 0.9) telecast slid double digits, which didn’t help Law & Order: SVU (8 million, 2.4), declining 8 percent.

The CW’s penultimate episode of America’s Next Top Model drew 2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating.


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