TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Eviction Tops Night of Season (and Series) Lows

NBC and ABC take particularly hard hits as nearly all of Wednesday’s series see drops and only "CSI" and "Happy Endings" remain immune.
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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.

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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.