9:02am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Eviction Tops Night of Season (and Series) Lows
TV audiences might still be catching up with daylight-saving time, because Wednesday night continued the week's trend of downwardly mobile numbers.
American Idol suffered a modest 7 percent drop with its publicized performance-night elimination of Jermaine Jones. The two-hour episode topped the competition for Fox, bringing in a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 17.9 million viewers.
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CBS landed in second, trouncing ABC's block, and bringing in a 2.8 average among adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers. Still, Survivor dropped 9 percent to a 2.9 among 18-49ers, and Criminal Minds hit a season low with a 2.8. CSI managed to add a tenth of a point to its last showing, bringing in a 2.7 in the demo and besting the competition in the 10 p.m. hour.
After a week of repeats for most of its lineup, ABC comedies returned to season lows, giving the network a 2.2 among adults 18-49 for the night and 6.4 million viewers. The Middle dropped 19 percent to a 2.1 among adults, with Suburgatory (2.1) and Modern Family (4.4) down less than 10 percent from their most recent originals. Happy Endings bucked the trend, posting a 20 percent gain with a 2.4 among 18-49ers. ABC News' Revenge for Real brought in a 1.2.
Not counting a Law & Order: SVU repeat, NBC posted series lows across the board. Whitney fell 13 percent to a 1.4 among 18-49ers, while Are You There, Chelsea? dropped 33 percent for a devastating 1.0 in the demo. Rock Center With Brian Williams also took a huge hit, dropping 40 percent for a 0.6. The net pulled in a 0.8 demo rating and 2.9 million viewers, giving it a thin advantage over The CW.
One Tree Hill remained at a 0.7 among adults 18-49 on the CW, and America's Next Top Model dipped to a 0.5 in the demo.