February 16, 2012 9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Survivor' Premieres Low, Fox Wins With Even 'American Idol'
Keeping with the week's unofficial theme, many series hit season lows on Wednesday night.
The trend didn't affect American Idol, though. Down just a tenth of a point from last Wednesday, and likely to adjust up with final numbers, fast affiliate ratings give the series a 6.0 in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million viewers for the night.
Fox's early demo win gives it the same score as Monday's blind auditions episode of The Voice (6.0 in 18-49; 16.3 million) -- though TV viewing levels were down 3 percent from Monday.
ABC felt that particularly hard, with season lows across the board for its line-up, excluding the modest Thanksgiving eve showings for The Middle and Modern Family. Modern Family (4.7 rating among adults 18-49 ) and Happy Endings (2.5) took the strongest hits against the high-performing 9:00 p.m. hour of Idol, while The Middle (2.5) Suburgatory (2.4) and Revenge (2.4) fell a little less. The net averaged a 2.8 rating and 7.9 million.
Topping ABC was CBS, which netted 2.9 in 18-49-ers and 11.2 million viewers. The night saw the lowest-rated premiere in Survivor's now 24-season history, falling 6 percent from last February's debut to a 3.0 in the demo. Criminal Minds (3.0) was at a season low and CSI received a 8 percent bump for a 2.7.
Whitney, at a five-week high in viewers, was off to a promising start for NBC with a bumped 1.6 rating in adults 18-49. Are You There, Chelsea? (1.4), Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8) and Law & Order: SVU (1.7) were all down, though -- with the two scripted programs hitting series lows. NBC averaged a 1.3 in the key demo and 4.3 million viewers.
On the CW, One Tree Hill held a 0.7 in adults 18-49, while Remodeled hit a dismal 0.2.
More to come.