TV Ratings: Betty White Can't Bump 'BFF'; 'One Tree Hill' Ends on High Note

Most series including "Idol," "Survivor," "Happy Endings" drop on Wednesday as NBC brings two premieres and The CW bids adieu to WB leftovers.
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Fast national ratings have American Idol down 6 percent from last week's preliminary numbers and 11 percent from the finals, averaging a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers for Fox. Overall, Wednesday saw drops across the board, with few exceptions.

CBS posted a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 for the night and 11.1 million viewers. Survivor was down 7 percent from last week with a 2.7 in the demo. Criminal Minds also dipped (6 percent to a 3.0), but CSI posted gains for a 2.9 in the demo.

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The season finale of Happy Endings was sandwiched between repeats in ABC's comedy block and an encore of Missing. It went out on a low note for the season, a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. The network averaged a 1.3 in the demo and 3.8 million viewers.

Betty White offered a solid official debut for NBC's prank show Off Their Rockers. After a special premiere in January, it earned a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49. It didn't do much as a lead-in for new comedy Best Friends Forever, though. The premiere brought in a 1.2 demo rating, leading into two episodes of Bent. The struggling freshman comedy had a steady 0.9 then fell to a 0.7 for its finale, a series low. Rock Center With Brian Williams was steady with a 0.8 at 10 p.m.

One Tree Hill, one of the last surviving series from The WB Network, aired its two-hour series finale on The CW. It ended on a high note with a 0.8, matching the network's season high for a Wednesday.

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