May 05, 2011 9:37am PT by Philiana Ng
Fox's 'American Idol' Continues to Top Wednesday Ratings
Fox’s American Idol continued to dominate in the ratings, even as parts of the U.S. aired NBA playoff games.
Though Idol (20.6 million total viewers, 6.4 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) was down from the previous week, according to preliminary numbers, the competition series was again the top-rated network program on Wednesday, powering Fox for the nightly win. (A few NBA playoff games -- Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers -- aired during primetime.)
Even so, Idol’s audience is up 18 percent in total viewers compared with last year’s top 5 performance show (20.6 million vs. 17.5 million). Season-to-date, Idol has had 94 percent retention in the key adult demo and is up 2 percent in total viewers compared with last season.
Fox’s rookie comedy Breaking In (7.3 million, 2.5), which aired its Comic-Con episode, was up 4 percent in both categories.
In a distant second place was CBS; its Survivor: Redemption Island (10.7 million, 3.0) was down another 6 percent, making it the franchise’s lowest-rated regular telecast. Following was a two-hour block of Criminal Minds (12.8 million, 3.2) and spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (8.7 million, 2.2), down 9 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
ABC placed third with the highest-rated scripted program, a Mother’s Day-inspired Modern Family (9.6 million, 3.8), paving the way. The Middle (7.1 million, 2.0; up 5 percent), Better With You (5.5 million, 1.6; up 7 percent) and Cougar Town (5.6 million, 2.2; up 5 percent) all saw increases, but midseason entry Happy Endings (3.7 million, 1.6) -- airing back-to-back new episodes — hit a series low.
NBC’s Minute to Win It (3.4 million, 1.0) was down double digits, while Law & Order: SVU (8.3 million, 2.5) saw a slight boost.
The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (1.9 million, 0.9) aired at 9 p.m., following an encore.