9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC's 'Bent' Premiere Disappoints Despite Gains By Lead-Ins
American Idol was down Wednesday night, but it was still the easy victor. Fast affiliate ratings give Fox's two-hour performance episode a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.5 million viewers.
And aside from CBS, Idol's competition was pretty thin: ABC was mostly in repeats, and NBC's new comedy Bent landed with little effect.
The Eye saw Survivor fall three-tenths of a point to a 2.7 among adults 18-49 and CSI do the same for a 2.5 in the demo. Criminal Minds had a sufficient rebound, though, growing four-tenths for a 3.2 with adults. The network nabbed a strong second place with a 2.8 average among 18-49-ers and 11.1 million viewers.
Happy Endings was the only original outing for ABC, which also tried to get traction for Ashley Judd's Missing by airing an encore of the premiere at 10 p.m. Endings dropped to a 1.8 with its soft lead-in from Modern Family repeat. The network averaged a 1.5 in the demo and 4.9 million viewers.
NBC's night brought reasons to smile and frown. Although Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea? both saw significant boosts -- up two-tenths and three-tenths to 1.6 and 1.4 in 18-49, respectively -- they did not aid the supersized premiere of Bent. Amanda Peet's new comedy debuted to a disappointing 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, slipping to a 0.9 in its second half-hour. Rock Center With Brian Williams pulled a 0.7 at 10 p.m., giving the network a 1.0 adults rating for the night and 3.1 million viewers.
One Tree Hill continued its CW swan song with a steady 0.7 among adults 18-49, and America's Next Top Model was at a 0.6 in the demo.