May 03, 2012 9:07am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Apt. 23' and 'SVU' Rebound as 'American Idol' Tops Wednesday
American Idol, down two tenths of a point from last Wednesday's final adults 18-49 rating, brought the network its 16th consecutive Wednesday win in the demo and total viewers. The broadcast of the top five's performances earned a 4.6 rating with 18-49-ers, according to fast affiliate ratings, and pulled 16.3 million viewers.
CBS was back in second place, following a new Survivor (down two tenths for a season low 2.5 rating among adults 18-49) a returning Criminal Minds (even at 3.0) and a dominant CSI (2.3) at 10 p.m. The network averaged a 2.6 rating in the demo and 10.1 million viewers.
Modern Family resumed original episodes on ABC, pulling a season low of a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 and down just a tenth of a point from two weeks ago. The Middle was also down a tenth of a point for a 2.0, a season low of its own, and Suburgatory was steady with the same number. Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 saw a four-tenths jump with the return of an original Modern Family lead and grabbed a 2.4 rating in the demo. Revenge was steady with last week's low of a 2.1 in the demo. Altogether, ABC nabbed a 2.4 rating among 18-49-ers and 7.1 million viewers.
Off Their Rockers hit a series low of a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 on NBC, but a second episode at 8:30 p.m. actually grew a tenth of a point for 1.4, nearly doubling the performance of the now sidelined Best Friends Forever. Rock Center With Brian Williams was up a tenth of a point for a 1.0 rating, a high since early March, and Law & Order: SVU's extra tenth of a point was enough to make its 1.8 rating a 12-week high for the timeslot -- though it was still in last place for the hour.
Once again, a repeat of The L.A. Complex outperformed Tuesday's original with total viewers, though the encore was steady with a 0.3 demo rating at 8 p.m. America's Next Top Model was down a tenth of a point for a 0.4 among adults 18-49.