TV Ratings: Steady 'American Idol' Tops 'Survivor,' Weak Wednesday Competition

Fast affiliate ratings have the Fox series on par with last week, while the situation doesn't improve for NBC's "Bent" and "Chelsea" ends on a low note.
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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.

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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.