9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Leads, 'The Middle' and 'Happy Endings' Grow
American Idol continues to hover around a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49. Fast affiliate ratings give the female semifinalists a 4.9 showing in the demo, down a tenth of a point from the night before but likely to go up in the finals. The broadcast saw gains among viewers, giving Fox 17.02 million for the night.
CBS came in second in viewers (11.4 million), tying ABC in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating). Survivor saw small growth to a 2.9 in the demo, while Criminal Minds was steady with a 3.1 and CSI dropped 10 percent to a 2.6.
ABC's 2.9 rating among 18-49-ers and 8.1 million viewers came on the heels of the night's most sizable gains, namely with The Middle and Happy Endings. The two series grew roughly 18 percent, for a 2.6 and 2.8 demo rating, respectively. Suburagtory posted a smaller gain, up to a 2.4, while Modern Family was steady with a 4.8 and Revenge on par with its last original, a 2.4.
Aside from a boosted Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7 among adults 18-49), NBC posted all of the same scores as last week. Whitney held onto its 1.5, with Are You There, Chelsea? at a 1.3 and Law & Order: SVU at a 1.6. The net averaged a 1.2 among adults and 4.03 million viewers.
On the CW, the new season of America's Net Top Model was down 45 percent from its spring 2011 premiere, pulling in a 0.6 among adults 18-49 after One Tree Hill's 0.7.