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Fox Wins Wednesday with 'American Idol'

NBC is second with "Minute to Win It" and "Law & Order: SVU," while CBS' "Blue Bloods" tumbles double-digits to match series low.

Ryan Seacrest, reality host, American Idol
Michael Becker/FX

American Idol powered Fox to an easy win on Wednesday while NBC was a distant second with game show Minute to Win It and a new episode of Law & Order: SVU.

Idol averaged an 8.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, up 3% week-to-week, with 25 million viewers. At 9 p.m., Human Target held on to a fraction of its Idol audience (2.6, 9.3 million), but it was enough to give the show its highest ratings in more than a year.

Fox averaged a 5.7 rating with 17.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m., followed by NBC (2.6, 8.0 million) with two hours of Minute (2.4, 7.6 million) hitting a season high. At 10 p.m., Law & Order: SVU (2.9, 8.7 million) clobbered new installments of ABC's Off the Map (1.8, 5.3 million) and CBS' Blue Bloods (1.6, 11.2 million), which was down 26% week-to-week to match its series low.

Most of ABC's Wednesday comedies were in reruns, including Modern Family, which still easily won the 9 p.m. half-hour (3.5, 9.2 million) while a new episode of Cougar Town (2.7, 6.6 million) was up 35% over last week's season low for its mist-watched episode since November.