TV Ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Modern Family' Drop on Wednesday
The night's top performers both take big dips from most recent originals, while "The Neighbors" and "Whitney" see soft finales.
American Idol, with a 3.1 adults rating and 12 million viewers for its two-hour episode, gave Fox a Wednesday win -- but the series shed half of a point from last week's episode for a performance show low.
On ABC, The Middle (1.8 adults) dropped three tenths of a point before the season finale of The Neighbors (1.5 adults). The freshman comedy was up a tenth of a point from last week's low. Modern Family (3.2 adults), hitting its lowest rating since 2009, was down by eight tenths of a point. Suburgatory (1.9 adults) jumped with the original lead by four tenths of a point. Nashville (1.5 adults), hitting a low, was down another tenth of a point. ABC averaged a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers.
Survivor (2.4 adults) tied a low, losing two tenths of a point from last week. The rest of CBS' lineup was in encores, giving the network an average 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers.
Back-to-back episodes of Whitney, the season finale, brought a 1.0 and 1.1 rating with adults 18-49. The second half-hour was up a tenth from last week's series low. Both Law & Order: SVU (1.7 adults) and Chicago Fire (1.8 adults) were up a tenth of a point from last week's scores. The network averaged a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers.
On The CW, Arrow (0.8 adults) lost two tenths of a point from last week's haul, while Supernatural (1.0 adults) held even at 9 p.m. The network averaged a 0.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers.