9:06am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Steady 'American Idol' Tops 'Survivor,' Weak Wednesday Competition
American Idol is poised to show gains in this week's performance show, with Wednesday night's fast affiliate ratings just a tick below last week's finals. The Fox series averaged a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49, down just one-tenth, while viewership already is up 4 percent to 17.2 million.
CBS nabbed a distant second with a steady Survivor (2.8 rating among adults 18-49) and repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI, averaging a 2.1 adults rating and 8.3 million viewers.
Happy Endings managed to post a 6 percent gain on ABC, despite another week of being the only original broadcast on a night of encores. The comedy brought in a 1.9 among viewers 18-49, tying a repeat of Modern Family and boosting the network's average for the night to a 1.3 in the demo and 4.3 million viewers.
Aside from a slightly bolstered Rock Center With Brian Williams, NBC saw a night of small dips. Whitney netted a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, the net's top broadcast of the night, while the finale of Are You There, Chelsea? dropped 14 percent to a 1.2 in the demo. Back-to-back episodes of Bent were mostly on par with last week's low debut. The 9 p.m. broadcast was down to a 0.9 in the demo, and the 9:30 p.m. offering was steady at a 0.8. Rock Center also brought in a 0.8, giving the net a 1.0 demo showing for the night and 3.1 million viewers.
On The CW, the penultimate episode of One Tree Hill earned a 0.6 in adults 18-49, and America's Next Top Model was up to a 0.7.